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

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

55. droidnator

Posts: 93; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

Apple isn't good enough to innovate, so they have to litigate.

52. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

It's not about how you slide but the patent is for sliding to open. They have a right to to do what they are doing. Not sure I agree with it though. Must admit there is a lot of copying going on.

51. zaryab_hussain77

Posts: 104; Member since: Jun 30, 2011

I can only say f**k yoy apple?. Now there only problem is sgs3

49. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Sigh ....... I am so depressed by this stuff. We really have to ban mobile companies from the patent offices around the world until they all grow up and learn to play nice.

45. THETECHTEAM

Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

IM SO SICK OF APPLE TRYING TO SUE EVERYONE OVER STUPID STUFF WELL IN THAT CASE THEY SHOULD HAVE SUED GOOGLE FOR THAT BECAUSE THAT'S THE OPERATING SYSTEM GOOGLE MADE.. DANG DUMMIES. ANDROID 4.0 ICECREAM SANDWICH ANDROID 3.0 HONEYCOMB HAS THE SAME FEATURE WHICH IS ON THE MOTOROLA XOOM TABLET SO NO SAMSUNG DID STEAL THAT. DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF ANDROID OPERATING SYSTEMS HAVE DIFFERENT UNLOCK FEATURES..REALLY? REALLY APPLE STOP BEING A SORE LOSER AND JUST GIVE IT UP FOR ANDROIDS... ANDROID MAKERS ARE NOT TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH APPLE ITS APPLE WHO IS TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH ANDROID OPERATING SYSTEM.... KILL YOURSELF APPLE

44. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

Kind of stupid because although it uses the same feature, it is clearly different when seen.

42. gotti88

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

wow!!! apple apple apple...im eating a apple rite now wait m i about to catch a case

41. pagusman

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Actually, it resembles more the unlocking pattern of webOS than that of iOS. As solid snake mentions, that's similar to how unlocking works on a palm pre with the exception of taking you directly to the camera. Yet, I haven't seen the struggling HP raise their voice over this.

40. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

The unlock button starts in the middle of the screen and you can slide left or right to unlock the phone or go to the camera. As for apple you only slide to the right to unlock the phone. Apple doesn't have a case here and they aren't going anywhere with this

39. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

as idiotic this is, I find hard to feel for manufacturers if they are getting sued over this. on contrary. their fault for using such stupid system. I always hated the f**king slide to unlock.. using home hardware key and then direct unlock icon(like I do on my xperia arc) is way better. or double tapping the screen to unlock, like in meego OS

36. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

So, maybe Samsung can invent a new way to unlock the phone: 1) Say the words - 'PHONE UNLOCK' 2) Pound your fist on the screen 3) Draw a butterfly shape on the screen 4) Use a mental image that would connect to the phone to unlock it.\ 5) Tap your shoes together 3 times.

34. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Maybe they would not have a problem if we unlock our phones with "doing a Macarena" before the phone. Hold it. Didnt that rotten fruit company also patent gesture control? Rats!!

33. GalaxyOptimus

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

I'm out of word apple you are a greedy bas***d

30. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

This looks nothing like and has additional functions, terrible lawsuit.

28. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

Ok I can understand apple trying to protect there patents but this is a too far, how els are you ment too unlock a phone, I suppose this just opened the way for android to make voice unlock

26. imkyle

Posts: 1117; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Apple you are the number 1 supplier in cell phones and in computers your on top as well. Please stop with this petty stuff.

47. nickjjay

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

Sorry about the thumbs down. I meant to give u a thumbs up on that.

25. ChronosInc

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

Of course they did.

24. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

motorola & nokia - the first manufacturers in the mobile technology must have "everything" they can use to sue apple.....while i like how these companies have been low-key thus far, wondering why so though ? they can practically shut apple down..

23. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Apple shouldn't be going after Samsung because of the "Slide to unlock" on the Galaxy Nexus. If anything, they should be going after Google because it is a feature of Android 4.0 ICS and nothing that Samsung did. Apple is just not happy that there's true competition against their iOS and iPhone.

21. Boti95

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 05, 2010

I really hope they never make TV's. Then, Apple is going to start suing any TV they see in their way because of the "design, features, interface, blah blah blah."

20. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I really hope this article twisted some words because no company is dumb enough to do something like this. But then Apple could just be so desperate in limiting innovation. And I'm pretty sure they got something against Asians, or foreign.

15. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

This is why i dont buy apple anything.... they cant stand competion......

18. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I think that is a bit of an overstatement.

14. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Really I have an iPad 2 and I don't agree with that.

13. manuell3g

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

I love de end of ur comment" sew your way out of a competition"

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 !!

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

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.

8. jove39

Posts: 2152; 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?

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