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A recent ruling handed down by the Munich I Regional Court on Thursday found that a number of Motorola products had in fact infringed on Apple’s slide-to-unlock patent. This results...
02-17-2012, 03:00 AM #1
Apple Wins Injunction Against Motorola Over “Slide-to-Unlock”
A recent ruling handed down by the Munich I Regional Court on Thursday found that a number of Motorola products had in fact infringed on Apple’s slide-to-unlock patent. This results in a permanent injunction against any of the offending devices.
It was Judge Dr. Peter Guntz that deemed that Motorola’s implementation of a screen unlocking feature used across its smartphone line imitates the image on Apple’s slide-to-unlock patent image. This in turn gives Apple the option to enforce a German injunction against a bond. The patent in question is Apple’s European patent, EP1964022, was awarded in October 2010 and is titled “Unlocking a Device by Performing Gestures on an Unlock Image.” The company was also granted an identical patent a year later by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
During the court case, three different Motorola implementations of gesture-based device unlocking were examined, two of which were deemed to be infringing on Apple’s patent, namely those used by the RAZR line. Motorola’s Xoom tablet managed to showcase the concept different enough to escape injunction. This specific implementation was similar to that of the Galaxy Note and requires a user to swipe their finger from inside a circle to outside.
Regardless, Apple’s victory against Motorola results in a complete rework of how Motorola devices handle screen unlocking. The judge would only force a firmware modification and not a ban on device sales, which is pretty crucial in terms of leniency towards Motorola. According to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, the outcome creates a “noticeable degradation of the user experience of Motorola’s products,” as the company will probably end up extending the “slide-to-unlock circle” found in the Xoom across its entire product line.
This decision is going to be not only a blow to Motorola’s mobility division but also hurt Android handset makers in general. It will allow Apple to bring similar claims to companies using the Google operating system to court in Germany, for example Samsung in Mannheim.
Chances are we will see an appeal to today’s court case ruling though so we’ll have to wait and see what move is made next.
Source: FOSS Patents
02-17-2012, 03:24 AM #2
Apple, GROW UP.
02-17-2012, 03:38 AM #3
Embarrassed to have an iPhone. Apple is a bunch of sissy lala scum bags! Can't wait to get a Lumia 900
Last edited by Airwaves182; 02-17-2012 at 03:42 AM.
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02-17-2012, 05:03 AM #6
How dare apple defend an idea they came up with!!! They should do all the innovating and then give away their ideas for free!
02-17-2012, 05:31 AM #7
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02-17-2012, 06:28 AM #10
Why shouldn't Apple protect their ideas, Apple may take other peoples ideas but they improve but other companies just blatantly rip of Apple.
Please go, no one will miss you moaners.
02-17-2012, 06:40 AM #11
Good for apple, companies sue them apple sues them back 3x harder. Apple is just showing that there not afraid to sue. I don't see anything wrong with it. Samsung/Motorola sue apple a lot, so it is ok for apple to sue them back
02-17-2012, 06:49 AM #12
02-17-2012, 07:00 AM #13
NakedFaerie is actually just Steve Balmer.
02-17-2012, 07:56 AM #14
02-17-2012, 08:27 AM #15
Apple can be childish however this is a clear infringement and apple has a perfect right to sue
02-17-2012, 08:30 AM #16
And if I remember correctly, it was posted here on this site where Apple was not the one that created slide to unlock...Oh wait, here it is. Apple, iPhone and iPad News | ModMyi - Apple Granted Patent for 'Slide to Unlock' and Potentially All Other Unlocking Gestures
Yeah, Apple may take other peoples ideas then go ahead and sue the company after. Oh yeah, great idea there with the slide to unlock, adding the option to open your camera from there. If only another OS had that option before Apple released it...maybe Android did . But not to worry, Apple will be coming after Android in the states with the slide to unlock patent to sue them.
Go and enjoy your jailbroken iPhones that you all mod to do what a stock Android can do.
02-17-2012, 09:36 AM #17
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02-17-2012, 09:40 AM #19
Apple has every right to protect what they've created no matter where it started from, the end result is all theirs.
02-17-2012, 10:31 AM #20