German Court Sides with Apple in Slide-to-Unlock Patent Dispute Against Motorola

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    A Munich court has sided with Apple over Motorola in a patent dispute regarding Apple's European version of slide-to-unlock. The popular screen unlock function is present on almost every Motorola Droid handset, and Apple claims that it violates their intellectual property under patent EP1964022. This particular patent's language is very broad, and Apple had originally hoped to cover any and all slide-to-unlock features, but the court ruled that the patent did not cover circular slide-to-unlocks which are present in Android's Honeycomb release.

    Although the ruling is final, Motorola has announced that they will appeal. Apple could ask for a permanent injunction now, but would have to put up quite a bit of cash for damages in case they lost on appeal. This is where it gets interesting. Many, including other German courts, question the validity of Apple's patent, calling slide-to-unlock technology "prior art". This alleges that slide-to-unlock technology was made available to the public before Apple's patent application. The most notable example of this prior art is the Neonode N1m, a device which featured slide-to-unlock technology.

    Needless to say, the appeal could get pretty interesting so keep a look out and we'll keep you posted. Until then, do you think slide-to-unlock is intellectual property, or do you think the technology belongs in public domain? Let us know in our forums.

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    i call bs...what is that court thinking? :mad: You might as well patent "Utter words so as to convey information, an opinion, a feeling or intention, or an instruction" (aka speak) and then use the patent to ban everyone from talking :icon_ devil:
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    It's should be public domain. The coding and exact look of the slide to unlock should be patentable on Apple's part so someone can't copy it exactly but the function should be able to be used by others. Same principle as a doorknob. If Company X patented the doorknob function and design and then tried to block any other company from using it there would be some big issues with many companies and customers. Or a company like Firestone patents the wheel... The same principle apples here. Simple features or ideas should not be patentable. Complex coding or particular designs should be patentable by any company to protect their work and brand/look. All this also goes towards Microsoft as well.
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    apple shouldn't even have a patent on slide to unlock, if anyone it should be neonode. what ever, it won't stick anyways and it'll be appealed.
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    (Many, including other German courts, question the validity of Apple's patent, calling slide-to-unlock technology "prior art". This alleges that slide-to-unlock technology was made available to the public before Apple's patent application. The most notable example of this prior art is the Neonode N1m, a device which featured slide-to-unlock technology.)

    How did Apple ever get this patent in the first place? It was shown at the time that it was on another device before Apple, I saw the video.

    Are Judges kinda dim? Or maybe they get bad info?
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    Probably all of the above. The problem is that many judges (although not all), are so much older, they don't really understand technology (to the degree that they need to) based upon the fast pace at which it evolves. Eventually, younger judges (or just smarter ones) will probably sort this mess out.

    In the mean-time, it makes for an entertaining soap opera to watch/read about.
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    Why do I feel like Germany is in Apple's pocket. Thats why every case that is a no brainer somehow makes you go "what were they thinking" happens in Germany.
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    LMAO

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    Brilliant, slide to lock!

    Sent my new Droid Razr Maxx
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