Apple receives design patents for slide-to-unlock and original Apple iPhone design

Apple receives design patents for slide-to-unlock and original Apple iPhone design
Apple received a couple of design patents on Monday. The patent titled "Display screen or portion thereof with a graphical user interface" covers the slide-to-unlock bar found at the bottom of the Apple iPhone lock screen. The illustration that is included with the patent shows the bar in various stages of being unlocked.

Apple's new patents cover designs for slide to unlock...

Apple's new patents cover designs for slide to unlock...

The slide-to-unlock bar is no stranger to the courtroom. In Germany last year, 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.

source: AppleInsider

...and the rounded corner design of the original Apple iPhone

...and the rounded corner design of the original Apple iPhone


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46 Comments

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: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Sony and Apple have cross-licensing agreement.

2. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Oh for goodness sake... I hope they're invalidated tomorrow.

3. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

ONLY IN AMERICA.!

32. samystic

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 25, 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) samystic

45. samystic

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

thanks Samsung fans!

4. Tele7

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 12, 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: Aug 09, 2012

well duh, everything android does is better.

6. Tele7

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

well said, +1

7. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 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: Jan 23, 2013

Cracked glass is art. Just luke random paint on a canvas.

10. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

?????

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Such as?

22. Kal-el

Posts: 96; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

seriously? why do u even have an account

31. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

yes Android is better.. updating devices.. retaining value, customer service.. I can go on...

26. chadrick0814 unregistered

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: 96; Member since: Dec 14, 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: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

and THEN it will wait for it . . .. . .. . REVOLUTIONARY!!

27. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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: Jan 18, 2013

"Such as?" 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: Nov 12, 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.

39. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

no ordinary but < Symbian :)

47. PhoneAddiction

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 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: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Of course it matters. Now they can they can pursue the sales ban on the Fascinate.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Rounded corners as a patent... now Ive seen everything... Im going to patent sharp corners...

17. samystic

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

I m have look at my future in patent laws to earn quick money

30. samystic

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

and probably grammar classes... I have to look at my future in patent laws to earn quick money ;)

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