Google patent filing for unlocking system revealed

Google patent filing for unlocking system revealed
Earlier Thursday a German court ruled that Motorola had infringed on an Apple patent protecting its "slide-to-unlock" process. Coincidentally, in the third quarter of 2010, Google went to the USPTO seeking a patent on its own complex unlocking system. The coincidence is that the USPTO published the filing just this month in the midst of Apple seeking court protection for its unlocking process. Google's Security-Based Unlocking requires a user to drag from one icon to another while another command unrelated to unlocking is requested, such as making a call to a specific contact.

Another part of the patent filing deals with Convenience-Based Unlocking which could be as simple as dragging the icon of a phone contact from the top of the display to an unlocking icon at the bottom. Google also showed a new interface for unlocking future phones. It is a wheel that the user moves to a specific application, for example email. Before the device is totally unlocked, certain actions could take place like refreshing the inbox. Once the complete unlocking process is done and the device is unlocked, the user's email interface would appear, all ready to go. The user could program the device to head anywhere on the phone or tablet after it is unlocked, such as a social networking app. Verbal directions could also be used to unlock the device.

It all seems so complex and convoluted, but that is the price that smartphone users must pay in a litigious world.

source: USPTO, PatentlyApple via Engadget



1. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

Stupid Apple and their ridiculous patents. Now it has forced other companies to patent retarded things to prevent being future litigation. In the end, the consumers all lose. Products are more expensive to cover legal fees and less money towards R&D.

24. johnny_mojnae

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Apple are whores like that.

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Won't that quality as slide to unlock? If the lock screen can use different passwords to perform different quick access settings it may be more interesting I would like if they had the user interface on there but again dammed worthless piece of paper only to fight some war. Hope I see some good implementation anyways and fast. I like my lock screen

3. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

it seems like it would… i cant believe they award this patent to google or the one to apple… they should award patents on specific designs such as apples rectangle or googles series of circles rather than a general slide to unlock or security based unlocking….

4. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

That what i have been saying all along. Functionalties are to broad design should be whats patented.

5. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well certain functionalities can be patented… just not ones that say "swipe to unlock"… i think functionalities like powerful photoediting tools can certainly be patented…

6. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Unless its super specfic im against it. All platforms should be able to photoedit but they should look different.

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Indeed no more vague stuff, and no more stuff based on real stuff and no more patents without a actual working model. Because if I say I can use a method to make my battery better I must provide a working battery with better life

23. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

thats why i said powerful. i mean more like photoshop… although i do believe tech such as red eye removal can be patented.. cause if i created that, i would want it patented but i would also agree to be forced to option it for a standard license.. that way it wouldnt be all this suing stuff..

25. tedkord

Posts: 17482; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

A specific way of removing red eye should be patentable, but not just the action of removing it. If someone else comes up with a different algorithm for removing the red, that should also be patentable.

8. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

There shouldn't be design patents. Trademarks and patents are different and a smartphone that's square with rounded edges isn't exactly new. Apple reporposes technology well, capacitive touch screens with gestures had been around for years, but they found a way to put it in a smartphone and make it intuitive. Apple makes a great product and they would make a fortune without Patent Trolling. Patent Trolling just builds a very negative image for the company in the cell community.

10. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

The slide to unlock patent by Apple actually mentioned "Unlocking phone by using a touch screen and moving finger from one place to the other" How else are you meant to unlock a phone?!

15. troutsy

Posts: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Apple's patent actually solves a problem on touch screen phones, "Pocket dialing". I personally don't think that they are getting enough protection against other companies using slide-to-unlock methods. The validity of Apple's patent is questionable at best, but somehow they were awarded it and other phone manufacturers / OS'es should be trying to answer your question. Apple's next press release, "We're giving up on protecting our IP to preserve profit margins and market share because people say we're mean and call us trolls."

17. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I guess just tap the screen and type a code? The patent is dumb anyways.

20. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

Yeah I know what you mean, but common, look at the Galaxy Nexus, that is sliding the screen from one place to the other, yet it is original. Look at Windows Phone, that is sliding the screen.

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

This process doesn't sound that bad. I wouldn't mind having more enhanced lockscreen functionality. The slide to unlock lawsuits are bulls**t though.

9. Striker

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Why the f..k, there is an iPhone picture with some extra buttons on it, used as an example for a Giggle patent? That's pathetic!

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Are you a retard? Can't you see that's a G one?

22. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

That's Apple fanboys or you. Anything with a rounded off rectangle and a big round button "must be an iPhone" regardless if it is or isn't. Maybe they should sue for that big central button too...... -_-

11. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

TAKE THAT APPLE it would have been good if Google filled a patent for that pull down notification bar. Even Apple copy and luckily get away with it

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Dont give them ideas to patent

18. Nicksully23

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

19. Nicksully23

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Well filed for it. >:)

16. bluechrism

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

This really sounds a lot like Nokia Bubbles

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And then Apple will copy what Google have patent like the way THEY stole THE ANDROID NOTIFICATION. FCK APPLE

26. tedkord

Posts: 17482; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I think the Sense 3.0 and up weather lockscreen is about the best lockscreen there is. It has shortcuts, you can open to the homescreen, and it gives an awesome weather animation.

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