Apple Granted Slide-to-Unlock Screen Patent; Potentially Grim News for Android

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    I understand the point perfectly.
     
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    This is a prime example of why the Patent and Trademark office needs a complete overhaul. There are so many patents issued over the last few years for common functions that pretty soon there will be a patent on a method of gas exchange that imports oxygen, processes it, and outputs carbon dioxide.
     
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    This patent is so generic, that I don't know if the new Sense 3.0 would even be safe. Or Samsungs puzzle piece. Read this again.

    That doesn't just specifically say the slide to unlock. Using Sense 3.0, having to slide the wheel upwards, or sliding the phone icon to the circle, that's all technically covered under this BS patent.

    Unless I'm wrong?
     
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    Can you off of the top of your head without googling name me one device with a touch screen that used slide to unlock in it's UI prior to an Apple product? Where it was actually intuitive what to do to unlock the device?
     
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    Lets stay on topic and have less arguing. Thank you.
     
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    View attachment 41769

    But seriously, I can't see Apple seriously using this in court or anything. The slide to unlock is such a generic design and even of the judges for the apple v samsung lawsuit through out the slide to lock portion.
     
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    Whose the idiot(s) giving them these patents? Can they really patent something other companies are already using? Isn't that like entrapment or something..(can't remember the word)
     
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    Well the patent is from a couple years ago and it's just finally passing but there is no way they should have ever been granted a patent for this.
     
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    Nah, Sense 3.0 is safe, because there is no predefined path that the disk has to follow. As long as you just raise it from the bottom to anywhere else, you don't violate the patent. The fact that the disk itself it free moving should be enough for HTC to completely avoid any arbitration, and should be incentive enough for them to push out 3.0 to all devices ASAP.

    The Samsung puzzle piece could be an issue, but once again, as long as you have to follow a predefined path to get it to the right spot.

    Moto Blur and stock Android are clear violations of the patent, though, and would need to be redesigned.
     
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    I agree with that. Here's the thing tho: If Apple doesnt go after theme makers of Windows OS's that make it look like OS X...and theme, launcher makers on Android.....there would be hypocrisy all around... Last time I even thought of theming my Windows PC was years ago. There has been OS X themes on the net for Windows for years and years.
     
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    Next they will trademark the word God, in memory of Jobs.

    (Yes, I have a very black sense of humor and yes, I was in federal law enforcement for many, many years. Kind of goes hand-in-hand.)
     
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    I love this. :) Haha. I'm stealing it, BTW. ;) Unless... you're going to trademark it.
     
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    He'll go Apple on your behind if he does..
     
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    From now on Apple will be known as "Sour Apple". Maybe they need to patent the little green worm too... :dry: ridiculous. While people are bobbing for apples, Apple is bobbing for patent and profits.

    :soapbox:
     
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