Apple's Christie takes the stand, talks about "slide-to-unlock" during patent trial

Apple's Christie takes the stand, talks about
 The Apple-Samsung patent trial wrapped up its first week, with Apple software engineer Greg Christie on the stand. Christie, who had recently given some insight about the Apple iPhone's early days, spoke under oath about the "slide-to-unlock" feature, covered by one of the five patents that Apple claims was infringed on by Samsung.

According to Christie, Apple originally wanted the Apple iPhone to be an "always-on" device. But having a phone that needed to be ready to light up a screen at the touch of a finger, required a power requirement that could not be met for such an active state. It was decided to add a power button to the phone. Eventually, the "slide-to-unlock" tool was added to the iPhone to prevent pocket dialing and accidental screen inputs.

Christie revealed that the iPhone project was originally called Project Purple, and the focus of the design was to make the handset so easy to use so that "normal people -- people with better things to do with their lives than learn how a computer might work -- to use the product as well as we can." Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO at the time, was updated on the progress of the iPhone team every two weeks, at one point threatening to give the project to a new team when he wasn't happy with the progress being made.

The five patents that Apple is claiming that Samsung infringed on, include Nos. 5,946,647; 6,847,959; 7,761,414; 8,046,721; and 8,074,172. The '647 patent relates to quick links, while the '959 deals with universal search. Background syncing is the focus of '414 while "slide-to-unlock" revolves around '721. The '127 is about automatic word correction.

The patents that Samsung claims that Apple infringed on include 6,226,449 and 5,579,239. The '449 was purchased by Samsung from Hitachi and deals with camera and folder organization. The '239 patent, also bought by Samsung, covers video transmissions.

Samsung phones and tablets Apple listed in its court filings include the Samsung Admire, Samsung GALAXY Nexus, Samsung GALAXY Note, Samsung GALAXY Note II, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, and the Samsung Stratosphere. Samsung's filings include the Apple iPhone 4, Apple iPhone 4s, Apple iPhone 5, Apple iPad 2, Apple iPad 3, Apple iPad 4, Apple iPad mini, Apple iPod Touch (fifth generation) and the Apple iPod Touch (fourth generation).

Court will be in session each Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and testimony is expected to be heard until April 30th. Once the jury gets the case, they will deliberate everyday until a verdict is reached.

Illustration from Apple's patent for the

Illustration from Apple's patent for the "slide-to-unlock" tool


source: CNET, AppleInsider

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105 Comments

1. Sauce unregistered

Let the fanboys and haters games begin!

101. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Fanboys and haters doesn't matter here. They should punish Apple $2 billions, for making this BS, and trying to destroy the tech industry , because they are helpless .

103. Sauce unregistered

Even if they did, they would still be the richest and most successful tech company in the world.

104. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

They should punish Samsung. As an american I rather American companys make money then some korean company.

105. fuelband

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

And you call yourself techlover. You should have that changed to americanlover or BSlover

2. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

The one who deserves punishment should be punished. . Time for gameover

102. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yup They should punish Apple $2 billions, for bringing this BS, and put them on the right place forever. It's time Apple to learn to start to innovate, like the real tech companies, or to go to H.

3. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2260; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

apple and android the best...no hater here.

32. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

yes! unless you buy an iphone or work for apple... they control you

4. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Wait does this also mean that zips cannot be used too?

5. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Enough with this.... neonode did slide to unlock before apple.... Why are they crying over it.... Even though neonode slide to unlock was not graphically well presented...it did the same thing as iphone does....

11. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

But apple dont accept it and USpto too... slide to unlock is a property of apple which worth 4 or 5$ per device but apple consider it 40 or 50$

15. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

you steal a 3 dollar beer from store and when get caught,does police expect you to pay 3 dollar and let you free?

30. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I didnt steal any beer :p and police didnt ask me anything... :p If blamed for stealing should court put 2 billion dollar penelty when I didnt steal? Moreover, correct yourself, stealing and copying are 2 different things... what if I copy a 3 dollar beer? Store will say I stole 3 dollar beer so give them 40$?? Steal what? store have their beer with them and I have my own

73. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Still copying is a big deal. You won't know the pain when someone claims your hard work as their know. There have been many cases where other people have patented and stole PEOPLE'S IDEAS. Just because an idea is not an object doesn't mean it's not consider stealing.

80. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

Agree. But some ideas are so generic, such as diffuse or are widespread concept in people's minds, it's ridiculous to be patented. "Slide to unlock" is something we do in the real world. How many laptops, PDAs, cases, already used slide devices to open? Someone had the idea of putting it on a touch screen first. OK (And it was not Apple). But it is no revolutionary idea! Millions of people could have had the same idea is confronted with the problem. And not need to be experts in the area. They are overvaluing an idea that any child could have had, because it is not something that requires years of study and preparation to think. It is not the discovery of a new drug or a new technique for filtering sewage, or revoucionario new chemical compound. It's an idea that comes up in a brainstorm!

82. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

what hard work? we all know it wasnt apples idea in the first place. their "hard work" was combining things, if u can call it work, Not that hard, ppl!! all a company has to do is make a decision to it lol

78. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

read more on intelectual property you copy something that had been patented by other people,thats stealing if you engaged in negotiation with patent holder prior to production,you may get fair price royalty fee if you copy first, manufactured in millions of units,then negotiate after getting caught...you certainly won't get away with "fair price" royalty fee,there will be some punishment

95. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Yea but how much $ will be spent too retrieve what they feel they are owed that they will lose out on and not to mention bad publicity = not worth it.

90. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Great response. Besides, "Beer" has always been in existence for decades.

85. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What happens when you steal a 3 dollar beer from a guy who stole it first?

96. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Boom!

109. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

too bad the first theft write down his name first on the beer,that life,live with it

12. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Being first does always translate to being successful it becomes irrelevant when people don't even know you did it because you didn't nail it. Let me walk you through some familiar names, Yahoo got into the search business first and they fared well until Google came about and I guess we all know who ended up being at the top. Samsung was in the phone business long before Apple and look what happened when Apple chose to pitch in. Same as those fingerprint scanner arguments that try to bring up the Atrix, yes it was the first but it failed to implement a solid function.

13. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

*doesn't

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

But being the one who implemented it successfully, or who made it popular shouldnt dismiss who did it first. And you shouldn't get to claim it as yours just because. Apple is just trying not to let what happened in the Mac vs PC wars, the Windows vs OS X wars happen here.

24. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

what, is Apple dismissing Samsung for coming up with that, is that it? Am I missing a memo? O_o. btw by developing your own effective way that becomes successful you have the right to be paid royalties because that's where your success stands. I really don't want to go over how patents work here in the US, I could write a novel.

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Its funny you mention Google and Yahoo. I dont see companies behind some search engines suing Google...or Google suing other search engines. I dont see Mapquest going on a suing spree after Google launched Maps.

47. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I can't tell if you're just trolling or just ignorant. You may want to do a little research on a company called Overture. They copied Overture's sponsored search results and pay-per-click advertisements (that's their core business model if you didn't know) invented by Bill Gross. Obviously it was settled in court.

40. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

thats a good idea. Why don't you get busy on that novel and leave Phonearena to its own? How the patent system works, or should work? The USPO is screwed up, no question. What you say makes no sense logically. "Just because someone has an original idea does not mean they get a patent if someone does it better". Too subjective and vague.

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