Apple claims Samsung GALAXY Nexus infringes on "slide-to-unlock" feature

Apple claims Samsung GALAXY Nexus infringes on
Earlier today, we told you how Apple was absolved by the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany, on one of seven patent infringement claims made by Samsung against the company. Ironically, in the same court, Apple is alleging that the Samsung GALAXY Nexus copies the "slide-to-unlock" motion  used on iOS. The Cupertino based firm says that this motion was given utility model status in Germany back in 2006.

Samsung is expected to use the "prior art" defense, claiming that Neonode used the same sliding motion when that company took a look at producing phones some years ago. The Korean based manufacturer successfully used the exact same defense against Apple's patent infringement claims against it in the Netherlands last year. That case dealt with "methods of scrolling". March 15th will be the date of a hearing to determine if the utility model status is still valid or whether or not the court needs to reexamine the ruling. The case against Samsung should be interesting since Google had apparently gone out of its way to make sure that Android 4.0 would be "Apple proof". Google changed features like navigation on the touchscreen, the new unlock method, and other applications.

Apple's case against Samsung has some very interesting sidebars to it. While other claims against Android models were for features and functions that were clearly borrowed from Apple, the Samsung GALAXY Nexus does not have a particular path that a finger has to travel along to unlock the phone. Furthermore, since the GALAXY Nexus is a stock Android model, by specifically mentioning it in the complaint, it reveals that Apple's true beef is with Google, not Samsung.

source: electronista

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56 Comments

1. thelegend6657 unregistered

I love apple , but this time apple has gone overboard . Every company is using slide to unlock , is apple gonna sue them all ? Love the product , not the company that made it

16. JeffdaBeat unregistered

As annoying as this is, I'm more annoyed by the folks who issued that patent than Apple itself. Apple has to defend it's patents and copywrites by law, but the question is should it have been issued to begin with. I'm a huge Apple guy and I don't even think they should have been awarded a "Slide to Unlock" patent. But since they were, this is what comes from it.

17. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Yea I enjoy apple products as well but I have to disagree on this patent as well. Unless it is a carbon copy ripoff of the slide to unlock on the iPhone they don't have much of a case. The act of sliding to unlock a phone is pretty basic and not even something they invented. I trust the courts will see this as well.

37. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its not even close to the one apple uses. Its the ICS slide to unlock which u can slide in pretty much any direction, not just the set tracks like the iphone has. apple is just up to their old tricks of trying to sue anyone that is successful. If they win against the G-Nexus, it sets up a win for EVERY ICS phone automatically unless they change the lock screen.. again. But yea, I do agree jeff, the patent system is as much to blame for giving apple ammo as apple is for firing it.

56. thelegend6657 unregistered

actually in ICS you can only swipe right to unlock the phone but it slides from the center to right not from left to right . And the design is way diffrent . All platforms have diffrent design i respect them all but i am still an iOS kind of guy

22. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Apple's vision of the world is BRAVE NEW WORLD(book)!!!!!!

27. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

> Every company is using slide to unlock , is apple gonna sue them all ? The fact is that Apple has the patent on slide to unlock.

53. chadrick0814 unregistered

The fact is that Apple did not invent slide to unlock which will make their patent claim null and void in court, just as the the article states.

29. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Is apple really this desperate for costumers? They`ve stooped so low that they have to sue for every little thing? What about that little on off switch used in settings? They`re probably gonna sue over that too. Wouldn't `t be very surprised.

31. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Great. Now you have gone and given them an idea. Expect another round of law suits from Apple. Hey, how does "Apple vs Rest of the World" sound?

38. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

They have all the customers they want. Their is another issue here and if they want to waste a little of their money so be it. No different than us buying a beer. Can't save it all. With that being said the I phone forced all companies to get off their duffs and try to give better phones. They spanked windows and for that I'm thankful. How many companies would build the IPhone and sell it if they could?

32. fost4real

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

They have too much money so they can afford to engage in this nonsense.

35. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

It's the lawyers advising apple to do all this stupid suing, so they can get $$ into their pockets

50. b4ckr3ad1ngth1ssh1t

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 21, 2012

Apple going after my phone?? f**k that, no track, and different directions. No Case.

2. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

someone should sue apple for sueing too much!

3. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

frivolous lawsuit anyone? motion to dismiss

4. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

apple attacks in court samsung attacks through commercials... but honestly i think it is more the govs fault for issuing patents on simple stuff like this... ipad was alright but this is overboard.. but what do they expect apple to do by giving them a patent like this? tell everyone else they are free to use it dont worry?

46. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Just like M$ except their taking money from every Android device from every manufacturer when M$ already have billion ofdollars and when their mobile dept not making money they sieze the opportunity too take cash from other companies.

48. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Yep, Gadget, same thing. Except Microsoft worked with these other companies and came to licensing agreements to allow the companies to use their patents legally and without dragging them to court while trying to ban their products all over the world. Oh, wait, it really isn't like this at all. Huh.

54. deathyyy

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Apple isn't required to 'work with' a company and come to a licensing agreement if they don't want to.. Every company is just trying to make money and keep their competitors from making money. I don't know why anyone is even moderately surprised. That being said, it's a lock screen. Whoooo cares. (Besides the Apple legal team..)

5. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

This is what i posted 30mins ago in sam sunged article

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

APPLE STFU!! Getting sick and tired of your petty patent dispute

43. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

How petty can you get.....touch screens have been used in banks since for ever. HTC used touchscreens in the pocket pc phones. Compaq used touch screens in the original pocket pc. Aplle just repackaged the way thingsthat were already developed, and some how got a patent on things by doing just a lil some thing different. GTFO!

7. Meth7

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Typical Apple. I am not even surprised. It is a clear indication of Apple thinking of Samsung & Google as their main threat.

8. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Apple gonna lose it...coz GNex doesn't exactly infringe on their crappy patent...here is little snippet - "The device is unlocked if contact with the display corresponds to a predefined gesture for unlocking the device"...I think there is no predefined gesture to unlock GNex...or there is?

12. mad5870

Posts: 60; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I would say no because you touch the circle and you can move your finger in any path you want to get to the "lock" symbol which then unlocks the phone. that path is not predefined.

19. SleepingOz unregistered

gonna be an EPIC FAIL for apple on this..

9. irvinkeith

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

c'mon Apple, really. I'll defend you to the end.......when you're right. You're taking it too far. This is coming from one of the biggest apple fanboys out there. Apple should stop wasting all this money and time in court and focus more and some new features for iOS.

10. rcwfox2002

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Can't wait to see what Google will do to apple once the purchase of Motorola goes through

11. laflaf

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will never buy another apple product !! I have an ipad, and was thinking of getting a macbook. but I can't support a company that sews everyone over stupid "patents" like this !!!! keep the market open for competition ! fight with innovation , people buy apple because of its capability to innovate . I'm not going to buy a galaxy nexus for the "slide to unlock" feature (I'm not even sure that its a "feature") I slide to unlock my window, I slide to unlock my laptop, I slide to unlock my freaking zipper!!! Apple, I was waiting for the iphone 5 to upgrade my old dumb phone, but now... yep... I'm going for the galaxy nexus ! as much as I love apple, I can't support a company who sews its way out of competition !!

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