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German court invalidates Apple's slide-to-unlock patent, gives victory to Motorola

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German court invalidates Apple's slide-to-unlock patent, gives victory to Motorola
Motorola was the victor in a German courtroom on Thursday as Apple's slide-to-unlock patent was ruled invalid in the country's Federal Patent Court. All of Apple's claims involving the slide-to-unlock patent were ruled invalid although the Cupertino based company can appeal the decision to the Bundesgerichtshof, known as Germany's Federal Court of Justice.

Apple's slide-to-unlock patent was invalidated in Germany

Apple's slide-to-unlock patent was invalidated in Germany

Apple tried in vain to save its patent by offering up 14 amendments to the patent, but the court rejected each one. What hurt Apple the most was the court's ruling that the only thing that Apple brought to prior art was a swiping gesture which the court said did not meet certain requirements of European patent law. Because the swiping was not considered to be a technical innovation to a technical problem, the court ruled that the patent was invalid.

The court's decision really has no effect either way in the modern smartphone world. Since smartphone manufacturers have already developed workarounds to the slide-to-unlock gesture, an Apple victory would not have given the iPhone any advantage over the competition. This particular gesture has had an up and down history in the German courtroom. In February 2012, the Munich I Regional Court issued Apple a preliminary injunction against Motorola for the latter's improper use of Apple's slide-to-unlock patent. However, just a month later Apple lost a similar case against chief rival Samsung when the Mannheim Regional Court threw out a similar case.

source: FOSSPatents via AppleInsider

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posted on 04 Apr 2013, 20:18 37

1. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


LMFAO™

Take that you bad fruit®

USPTO should invaldate all of Apple's patents which does not belong to them©

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 00:27 8

38. phil2n (Posts: 487; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Because the swiping was not considered to be a technical innovation to a technical problem.

USPTO must do the same

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 04:51

42. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Does not belong to them????? Are you nazi? wtf...!!

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 20:19 38

2. tedkord (Posts: 12700; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Normally, I'd make a comment about this, but I'm just hypnotized by that picture.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 20:37 17

5. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


how do you slide boobs?

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 20:47 12

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Oh boy I know how...

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 21:39

20. jroc74 (Posts: 6018; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I shoulda gave you a thumbs down for that comment lol.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 22:04 13

25. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


i think you need a special stylus for that

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 22:18 3

27. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


http://www.survivingcollege.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/i-see-what-you-did-there.jpg

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 23:19 1

32. HäckeMáte (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Just my 2 cents... I cant help but notice that boobs are like "thumbsdown blockers". This entire thread has had nothing but thumbs up!

and all because of boobs :)

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 11:42

47. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


And your point is? Everyone loves boobs!=)

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 23:42 2

35. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Good question. You dont slide them. You squeeze them.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 23:55 1

36. JC557 (Posts: 1643; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


No, no, no, you slide to unlock them from the flimsy shirt.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 21:14

13. lyndon420 (Posts: 4661; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Those are nice indeed.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 23:09 1

31. WyclefJean (Posts: 44; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Wonder who's going to go Fap Fap/...

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 02:10

39. Xolar (Posts: 57; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


No! you remove the shirt then unbox the bra!

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 20:20

3. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I remember this similar photo being EclipseGsx Avatar™

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 20:26 5

4. deadstroke (Posts: 113; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


great news!!!

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 20:40 11

6. heyhi (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


they sued for a lockscreen?? they are really more than desperate..why dont they cut the money for the lawyers, save it and focus only on a better phone overral and not useless waist of time...everything is apple creation now..a billion of patents.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 21:00 8

10. tedkord (Posts: 12700; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


They not only sued over slide to unlock, they claimed in court that a tap is really just a zero length slide, so any lockscreen that has a tap to open violates slide to unlock.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 21:16 1

15. lyndon420 (Posts: 4661; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


WTF? Are you serious? Lol.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 21:20 4

17. joey_sfb (Posts: 6127; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


No wonder get invalid promptly. Such arrogant!

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 21:57 1

24. lyndon420 (Posts: 4661; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


So now a tap is the same thing as sliding?

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 23:21 2

33. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


yes it was claimed that TAP is a ZERO Length swipe.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 04:54

43. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


If it was your company you wouldnt make such comments. You obviously lack experience. Good luck owning a company.

posted on 05 Apr 2013, 21:27

49. heyhi (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


u should read other comments besides mine...they lack experience as well...i obviously lack experience, you obviuosly lack perspective. APPLE THINK DIFFERENT, not the same please.

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 20:48 1

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I came here for the sole purpose of doing a boob joke... But then I thought... Hey I'm better than that

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 21:27 5

18. lyndon420 (Posts: 4661; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Q: How do you scare a bee?
A: Boobie

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 20:55 3

9. pongkie (Posts: 636; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


is that pic the new iPhone 5s it looks really great

posted on 04 Apr 2013, 21:31 3

19. lyndon420 (Posts: 4661; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Looks like they perfected their airbag tech. Nice work apple...very nice work indeed.

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