Apple receives design patents for slide-to-unlock and original Apple iPhone design
Apple accused Samsung of infringing on the slide-to-unlock patent until Google's own 2010 patent for a similar feature was discovered. Apple even was granted a continuation of its patent, covering the open to app functions that Google had in its patent, even though Google filed its patent before its rival. Last year, Swedish company Neonode claimed that its own patent for a gesture unlock system used on a Windows CE device predated Apple's patent. There was talk that both companies were in negotiations to license the patent, but nothing new has been released on this front. Meanwghile, there is a big difference between the two patents as Neonade's patent says that the graphical elements on screen do not move along with the unlock gesture, while Apple's filing says that they do.
The second design patent awarded to Apple on Monday deals with the rounded corners on the original Apple iPhone. These corners have been a lightening rod for legal battle with Apple claiming that manufacturers like Samsung have copied the design; as we can see from the phones produced by the Korean tech titan since the Samsung Galaxy S III, Sammy has moved on which it says is just part of a natural progression and is not related to the legal issues between the company and Apple. Both rivals will meet in court next year for a sequel to last year's epic patent trial.
1. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Xperia's lock screen used to be very similar to iOS .
Luckily they changed that in the xperia Z
18. hung2900 (Posts: 898; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
Sony and Apple have cross-licensing agreement.
2. -box- (Posts: 3982; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Oh for goodness sake... I hope they're invalidated tomorrow.
32. samystic (Posts: 216; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)
stupidity happens in America (Apple)... copycats come from South Korea (Samsung)... innovation comes from Finland (Nokia)... but still people in Finland do not want customers to be happy (Meego)
4. Tele7 (Posts: 47; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)
Oh yeah, because it is sooo revolutionary. Only personal opinion but this circle unlock in android is better
5. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
well duh, everything android does is better.
7. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Can your android be dropped once and have the screen get a chips of glass falling out or cracks? Didn't think so.
9. idroidequis (Posts: 103; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
Cracked glass is art. Just luke random paint on a canvas.
31. gallitoking (Posts: 4717; Member since: 17 May 2011)
yes Android is better.. updating devices.. retaining value, customer service.. I can go on...
26. chadrick0814 (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
Maps, NFC,micro SD, widgets, hdmi out, BT file transfer, facial unlock, drag and drop files, etc,etc....but I'm sure none of that is matters....until Apple starts doing it.
28. Kal-el (Posts: 92; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)
don't worry mxyzptlk made an account to play apple's advocate....i mean devil's advocate for anything positive about android
29. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
and THEN it will
wait for it
27. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Undeclared Thermo nuclear war against Apple ... didn't you see how stocks tanked and how Apple is desperately trying to copy Android now ... Apple even failed in it's so called "SJNuclear strategy" rhetoric ... lol
44. sportbiker (Posts: 6; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Run ubuntu OS in Android a.k.a. virtualization
34. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
I like the lock screen on honeycomb note than jelly bean . I like to pull the ring out of the large circle
8. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Does it matter anymore? All the Android superphones that will be released in 2013 will be better than anything Apple releases. Even WP and BB surpassed Apple in the innovation department. Only thing that is saving Apple right now are the apps. Take that away and the iPhone is ordinary.
47. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 79; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)
They should quote this comment somewhere. It's seriously one of the realest statements I've read, but the iPhone is ordinary even with the apps. Not saying I'm against apple because I have a few ipod touches. I just use it for music on my road trips. None of the apps interest me.
11. sprockkets (Posts: 1599; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
I don't care if they have a design patent on it, cause it just protects the look. Their slide to unlock patent should be invalidated soon (already invalid EU wide due to the UK).
12. GoBears (Posts: 436; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Of course it matters. Now they can they can pursue the sales ban on the Fascinate.
14. joey_sfb (Posts: 4578; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Apple fan this is the reason why apple has no innovation of late. They are too busy pursuing kid drawing. Rubbing them down on the judges face.
15. cripton805 (Posts: 1177; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Rounded corners as a patent... now Ive seen everything...
Im going to patent sharp corners...
17. samystic (Posts: 216; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)
I m have look at my future in patent laws to earn quick money
30. samystic (Posts: 216; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)
and probably grammar classes... I have to look at my future in patent laws to earn quick money ;)
19. nikenturd (unregistered)
My hate towards Apple grows stronger everyday. This is the reason why I ditched my iphone 4s for a Note 2... does it affect Samsung's multidirectional slide to unlock ? this patent is sooo vague
20. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
This basically has nothing to do with Apple ... it's more the national policy of USA that is to be blamed and USPTO is just a part of entire setup ... as for rounded corners now i think even the radius of rounding should be patented in steps of 0.01mm both above and below Apple's radius ... really ridiculous :(
21. nikenturd (unregistered)
To put BR-iBERY out of the equation is Naive....there MUST be some form of bribery involved here from Apple. The USPTO should be investigated
37. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Well...Al Gore is on the board of directors of Apple. One of the biggest frauds in my generation is helping Apple lead the way.
23. nikenturd (unregistered)
Here's a REAL design patent...the Coca Cola bottle shape..it is patented because it is UNIQUE...and rightfully so.....Apple's logic behind the rectagular patent is simply mindblowingly stupid.
24. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
They probably start filing for a Waterproof patent now
25. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
Which the world won't see it for another 4+ years
33. gallitoking (Posts: 4717; Member since: 17 May 2011)
good that they protect their patents ..
41. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
Bad that their baning the competition which is unfair to us the consumer. . Youre too thickheaded & blind too realize that.
35. Adithya7184 (Posts: 317; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
whatever apple throws at USPTO, they receive a patent for it.
36. GeekMovement (Posts: 2022; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Let apple keep wasting their time patenting ugly designs and their useless "innovations" while other companies progress in technology.
38. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
I agree. It seems Apple's strategy is now to play victim and claim the reason they are not on top anymore is because everyone has stolen their ideas. Hmmm if your ideas were stolen, then wouldn't they already be on your phone? Ohhh that's right, because your "ideas" are rounded corners, slide to unlock, and a screen that has glass on top of it. Wow!
40. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
Apple is being an a$$ when it comes too patents. Please stop posting patents articles or previous ones
42. ibap (Posts: 735; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
Did you mean "lightning" rod?
And if rounding corners is such hot stuff, what auto manufacturer first created the jelly-bean car and should be suing all the rest of them?
43. ibap (Posts: 735; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
Oh, wait - are they going to sue the makers of craft punches that round the corners of pieces of paper? Can we still make round cookies? Does everything need a 90-degree corner to avoid their wrath?
46. boosook (Posts: 1329; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Now, to be fair, the patent office should finally give to Google the patent for the notification bar that has been pending until now.