German court invalidates Apple's slide-to-unlock patent, gives victory to Motorola

German court invalidates Apple's slide-to-unlock patent, gives victory to Motorola
Motorola was the victor in a German courtroom on Thursday as Apple's slide-to-unlock patent was ruled invalid in the country's Federal Patent Court. All of Apple's claims involving the slide-to-unlock patent were ruled invalid although the Cupertino based company can appeal the decision to the Bundesgerichtshof, known as Germany's Federal Court of Justice.

Apple's slide-to-unlock patent was invalidated in Germany

Apple's slide-to-unlock patent was invalidated in Germany

Apple tried in vain to save its patent by offering up 14 amendments to the patent, but the court rejected each one. What hurt Apple the most was the court's ruling that the only thing that Apple brought to prior art was a swiping gesture which the court said did not meet certain requirements of European patent law. Because the swiping was not considered to be a technical innovation to a technical problem, the court ruled that the patent was invalid.

The court's decision really has no effect either way in the modern smartphone world. Since smartphone manufacturers have already developed workarounds to the slide-to-unlock gesture, an Apple victory would not have given the iPhone any advantage over the competition. This particular gesture has had an up and down history in the German courtroom. In February 2012, the Munich I Regional Court issued Apple a preliminary injunction against Motorola for the latter's improper use of Apple's slide-to-unlock patent. However, just a month later Apple lost a similar case against chief rival Samsung when the Mannheim Regional Court threw out a similar case.

source: FOSSPatents via AppleInsider

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42 Comments

1. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

LMFAO™ Take that you bad fruit® USPTO should invaldate all of Apple's patents which does not belong to them©

38. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Because the swiping was not considered to be a technical innovation to a technical problem. USPTO must do the same

42. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Does not belong to them????? Are you nazi? wtf...!!

2. tedkord

Posts: 17183; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Normally, I'd make a comment about this, but I'm just hypnotized by that picture.

5. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

how do you slide boobs?

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Oh boy I know how...

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I shoulda gave you a thumbs down for that comment lol.

25. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

i think you need a special stylus for that

27. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

32. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Just my 2 cents... I cant help but notice that boobs are like "thumbsdown blockers". This entire thread has had nothing but thumbs up! and all because of boobs :)

47. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

And your point is? Everyone loves boobs!=)

35. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Good question. You dont slide them. You squeeze them.

36. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

No, no, no, you slide to unlock them from the flimsy shirt.

31. WyclefJean

Posts: 44; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Wonder who's going to go Fap Fap/...

39. Xolar

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

No! you remove the shirt then unbox the bra!

3. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I remember this similar photo being EclipseGsx Avatar™

4. deadstroke

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

great news!!!

6. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

they sued for a lockscreen?? they are really more than desperate..why dont they cut the money for the lawyers, save it and focus only on a better phone overral and not useless waist of time...everything is apple creation now..a billion of patents.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17183; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They not only sued over slide to unlock, they claimed in court that a tap is really just a zero length slide, so any lockscreen that has a tap to open violates slide to unlock.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

No wonder get invalid promptly. Such arrogant!

43. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

If it was your company you wouldnt make such comments. You obviously lack experience. Good luck owning a company.

49. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

u should read other comments besides mine...they lack experience as well...i obviously lack experience, you obviuosly lack perspective. APPLE THINK DIFFERENT, not the same please.

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I came here for the sole purpose of doing a boob joke... But then I thought... Hey I'm better than that

9. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

is that pic the new iPhone 5s it looks really great

44. Xolar

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

Apple made a good job this year, they made the iPhone 5S a lot bigger Good Job!

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is pure bs. Why would they toss out a valid patent claim? The German court can't be this incompetent.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17183; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You answered your own question when you said "valid patent claim."

30. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

even if it was valid it be under the frand

34. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

It was tossed out because it was not something that was to be given patent in any case. ... So what next? rectangle Rounder corners to go ... :D

37. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Because Slide to Unlock is not a new feature....

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