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    Does this mean no more slide to unlock on android devices?????????

    So apple now has the patent for any slide gesture to unlock a device. This will most likely entail more lawsuits against anyone using a slide to unlock system on their phones or tablets. Im a fan of both but this seems like its taking it too far. Apple wasnt the 1st one to use the slide to unlock. Windows CE was the 1st to use it but never patented it.



    here is the actual patent.
    A device with a touch-sensitive display may be unlocked via gestures performed on the touch-sensitive display. The device is unlocked if contact with the display corresponds to a predefined gesture for unlocking the device. The device displays one or more unlock images with respect to which the predefined gesture is to be performed in order to unlock the device. The performance of the predefined gesture with respect to the unlock image may include moving the unlock image to a predefined location and/or moving the unlock image along a predefined path. The device may also display visual cues of the predefined gesture on the touch screen to remind a user of the gesture. — Patent 8,046,721
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    Doesn't sound like an enforceable patent to me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vatothe0 View Post
    Doesn't sound like an enforceable patent to me...
    Apple will be sure to try LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by dezymond View Post
    Apple will be sure to try LOL
    It remains to be seen if Apple tries to use this patent in light of the absence of their fearless leader, since it has already been deemed invalid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akhi216 View Post
    It remains to be seen if Apple tries to use this patent in light of the absence of their fearless leader, since it has already been deemed invalid.

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    If I understand correctly, that patent was deemed invalid by a Dutch court or some other country. I'm assuming that doesn't help us in the states much.

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    ^^It does as judges look at other courts decisions on things and weigh those in their decision as well. Tried to explain that as best I could.
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    Wow. If Google has to create a new unlock gesture I wonder what it would be.

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    I remember when Apple tried to prevent manufactures from using pinch to zoom, it was deemed by the courts to be a gesture, and a gesture can't be patented. Just google it, it happened back in 09 that's why the OG didn't come pre-installed with pinch to zoom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akhi216 View Post
    It remains to be seen if Apple tries to use this patent in light of the absence of their fearless leader, since it has already been deemed invalid.

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    This patent was just issued yesterday October 25, 2011.

    this is the link to the actual patent... http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-P...apple&RS=apple
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    Quote Originally Posted by garrett View Post
    This patent was just issued yesterday October 25, 2011.

    this is the link to the actual patent... http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-P...apple&RS=apple
    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnytheK View Post
    Except it was invented back in 2002 not by Apple.

    From Appleinsider and also Android Central:

    Despite ordering a preliminary injunction against sales of three Samsung smartphones on this week, a Dutch judge dismissed Apple’s "slide-to-unlock" patent as "not inventive," and therefore likely invalid.

    Samsung's Galaxy S II, the Galaxy S and the Galaxy S Ace were found this week in a preliminary ruling to have infringed on a patent related to "flicking" or "bouncing" of photos. But that's just one patent out of the ten patents asserted by Apple against Samsung in the Netherlands trial.

    Out of these unsuccessful infringement allegations, one stand-out is U.S. Patent No. 7,657,849, or the "slide-to-unlock" patent. That very same invention happens to be part of other Apple legal disputes with HTC and Motorola.

    But the European counterpart of the slide-to-unlock patent has been found to be "obvious (as compared to prior art presented by Samsung) and therefore invalid," according to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents.

    Samsung showed the court a previous European Windows CE handset design, the Neonode N1m, manufactured by a Swedish company in 2005 before Dec. 23, which is date when Apple filed for the slide-to-unlock patent. In light of this evidence. the Dutch judge concluded that Apple's patent claims are "not inventive," as in this case as the Neonode N1m “already implemented the entirety of Apple’s claimed invention,” Mueller said
    No, I wasn't just talking out of my behind. Thank you sir.

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