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Google patent filing for unlocking system revealed

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Google patent filing for unlocking system revealed
Earlier Thursday a German court ruled that Motorola had infringed on an Apple patent protecting its "slide-to-unlock" process. Coincidentally, in the third quarter of 2010, Google went to the USPTO seeking a patent on its own complex unlocking system. The coincidence is that the USPTO published the filing just this month in the midst of Apple seeking court protection for its unlocking process. Google's Security-Based Unlocking requires a user to drag from one icon to another while another command unrelated to unlocking is requested, such as making a call to a specific contact.

Another part of the patent filing deals with Convenience-Based Unlocking which could be as simple as dragging the icon of a phone contact from the top of the display to an unlocking icon at the bottom. Google also showed a new interface for unlocking future phones. It is a wheel that the user moves to a specific application, for example email. Before the device is totally unlocked, certain actions could take place like refreshing the inbox. Once the complete unlocking process is done and the device is unlocked, the user's email interface would appear, all ready to go. The user could program the device to head anywhere on the phone or tablet after it is unlocked, such as a social networking app. Verbal directions could also be used to unlock the device.

It all seems so complex and convoluted, but that is the price that smartphone users must pay in a litigious world.

source: USPTO, PatentlyApple via Engadget

Diagrams from Google's patent application, courtesy of Patently Apple
Diagrams from Google's patent application, courtesy of Patently Apple

Diagrams from Google's patent application, courtesy of Patently Apple


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posted on 16 Feb 2012, 22:49 26

1. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


Stupid Apple and their ridiculous patents. Now it has forced other companies to patent retarded things to prevent being future litigation. In the end, the consumers all lose. Products are more expensive to cover legal fees and less money towards R&D.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 18:54 3

24. johnny_mojnae (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Apple are whores like that.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 23:06

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Won't that quality as slide to unlock? If the lock screen can use different passwords to perform different quick access settings it may be more interesting I would like if they had the user interface on there but again dammed worthless piece of paper only to fight some war.

Hope I see some good implementation anyways and fast. I like my lock screen

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 23:22 5

3. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


it seems like it would… i cant believe they award this patent to google or the one to apple… they should award patents on specific designs such as apples rectangle or googles series of circles rather than a general slide to unlock or security based unlocking….

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 23:37 6

4. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


That what i have been saying all along. Functionalties are to broad design should be whats patented.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 23:57 2

5. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


well certain functionalities can be patented… just not ones that say "swipe to unlock"… i think functionalities like powerful photoediting tools can certainly be patented…

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 00:03 5

6. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Unless its super specfic im against it. All platforms should be able to photoedit but they should look different.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 05:28 1

14. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Indeed no more vague stuff, and no more stuff based on real stuff and no more patents without a actual working model. Because if I say I can use a method to make my battery better I must provide a working battery with better life

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 18:24

23. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


thats why i said powerful. i mean more like photoshop… although i do believe tech such as red eye removal can be patented.. cause if i created that, i would want it patented but i would also agree to be forced to option it for a standard license.. that way it wouldnt be all this suing stuff..

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 20:51

25. tedkord (Posts: 4934; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


A specific way of removing red eye should be patentable, but not just the action of removing it. If someone else comes up with a different algorithm for removing the red, that should also be patentable.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 02:57 3

8. bossmt_2 (Posts: 435; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


There shouldn't be design patents. Trademarks and patents are different and a smartphone that's square with rounded edges isn't exactly new. Apple reporposes technology well, capacitive touch screens with gestures had been around for years, but they found a way to put it in a smartphone and make it intuitive. Apple makes a great product and they would make a fortune without Patent Trolling. Patent Trolling just builds a very negative image for the company in the cell community.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 04:55 2

10. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


The slide to unlock patent by Apple actually mentioned "Unlocking phone by using a touch screen and moving finger from one place to the other"

How else are you meant to unlock a phone?!

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 05:35

15. troutsy (Posts: 275; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Apple's patent actually solves a problem on touch screen phones, "Pocket dialing". I personally don't think that they are getting enough protection against other companies using slide-to-unlock methods. The validity of Apple's patent is questionable at best, but somehow they were awarded it and other phone manufacturers / OS'es should be trying to answer your question.

Apple's next press release, "We're giving up on protecting our IP to preserve profit margins and market share because people say we're mean and call us trolls."

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 08:25 1

17. quakan (Posts: 1195; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


I guess just tap the screen and type a code? The patent is dumb anyways.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 10:49

20. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


Yeah I know what you mean, but common, look at the Galaxy Nexus, that is sliding the screen from one place to the other, yet it is original. Look at Windows Phone, that is sliding the screen.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 01:02 5

7. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


This process doesn't sound that bad. I wouldn't mind having more enhanced lockscreen functionality. The slide to unlock lawsuits are bulls**t though.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 04:28 1

9. Striker (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Why the f..k, there is an iPhone picture with some extra buttons on it, used as an example for a Giggle patent? That's pathetic!

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 05:23 8

12. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Are you a retard? Can't you see that's a G one?

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 12:58 1

22. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


That's Apple fanboys or you. Anything with a rounded off rectangle and a big round button "must be an iPhone" regardless if it is or isn't. Maybe they should sue for that big central button too...... -_-

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 05:17 2

11. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


TAKE THAT APPLE it would have been good if Google filled a patent for that pull down notification bar. Even Apple copy and luckily get away with it

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 05:24 1

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Dont give them ideas to patent

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 08:35

18. Nicksully23 (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


They did Patent it.
http://www.google.com/patents/US20090249247?printsec=drawing#v=onepage&q&f=falseT

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 08:36

19. Nicksully23 (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


Well filed for it. >:)

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 07:52

16. bluechrism (Posts: 99; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


This really sounds a lot like Nokia Bubbles
http://betalabs.nokia.com/apps/nokia-bubbles

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 12:03 1

21. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6579; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


And then Apple will copy what Google have patent like the way THEY stole THE ANDROID NOTIFICATION. FCK APPLE

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 20:54

26. tedkord (Posts: 4934; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I think the Sense 3.0 and up weather lockscreen is about the best lockscreen there is. It has shortcuts, you can open to the homescreen, and it gives an awesome weather animation.

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