• Apple wins over Motorola in 'slide-to-unlock' ruling
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[release] [h2]Patents: Apple wins over Motorola in 'slide-to-unlock' ruling[/h2] [b]Apple has won a patent dispute against Motorola Mobility regarding a "slide-to-unlock" feature on smartphones.[/b] The judgement marks Apple's first patent victory over Motorola in any part of the world. Patent consultant Florian Mueller said the ruling could affect patent disputes involving Android device makers worldwide. Motorola said it planned to appeal and the judgement would have "no impact" on supply or future sales. A spokeswoman for the Motorola said: "Today's ruling in the patent litigation brought by Apple in Munich, Germany, concerns a software feature related to phone unlocking in select Motorola devices sold in Germany. "Motorola has implemented a new design for the feature. Therefore, we expect no impact on current supply or future sales." Apple said it would not be commenting on the decision. [b]'Global battle'[/b] Motorola Mobility is in the process of being acquired by Google, and most of its handsets run on the search firm's mobile operating system, Android. The Android system is Apple's closest rival in the mobile market. Mr Mueller, a patent expert who has in the past consulted for Microsoft, described the ruling as a "very significant win for Apple against Android". "After Google closes the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, the Apple-Motorola Mobility dispute will soon gain importance transcending that of the global battle with Samsung," he said. While this decision relates solely to activity in the German market, the decision could potentially help Apple with other patent disputes in other parts of the world, Mr Mueller added. "Apple is already asserting the slide-to-unlock patent in different jurisdictions against all three leading Android device makers and might use it against even more of them going forward." The patent in question - EP1964022 - relates to the process of unlocking a smartphone by simply swiping a finger from one area of the screen to another. A second patent ruling, which covers a method of scrolling through pictures in a photo gallery on mobile device, was also due on Thursday but was postponed by the court. [img]http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/58539000/jpg/_58539608_58539607.jpg[/img][img]http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/58539000/jpg/_58539604_58539603.jpg[/img] [url]http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17058508[/url] [/release] Come on corporations, try and be innovative and creative rather than just suing the company with the best product into oblivion! The only reason they won is because they have more money to spend on fancy lawyers
Fucking Apple.
christ were they really the first people who did that
boo boooooooooooooooooooo
hahahahahahhaahahahahhaha
don't hate the player, hate the game. the patent system is broken and easily exploitable.
This is really stopping progress in this field. Capitalism works amazingly in the consumer electronics industry as shown by the rapid progression and the patent system is only limiting progress. To put it this way, the patent is benefiting very few at the expense of many. The conversion can become a bit different when it comes to different fields due to economic factors, but patents in electronics hurt the consumer.
Apple, I think I speak for everyone when I say go eat a deluxe family sized bucket of dicks.
[QUOTE=Sanius;34728600]don't hate the player, hate the game. the patent system is broken and easily exploitable.[/QUOTE] Because the opportunity for them to be dicks is there, we can't blame them if they do it, right guys?
Apple, I think I speak for 99.9% of the users when I say this. Fuck off.
If both Apple and Motorola are American companies, why is this patent dispute being heard in Germany?
I think whoever approves these patents is getting paid off, or is really dumb.
How the hell can you even patent that? [editline]16th February 2012[/editline] It's like patenting levers that have round handles.
Seems like every day the patent system is getting bent over backwards.
[QUOTE=Rents;34728851]How the hell can you even patent that? [editline]16th February 2012[/editline] It's like patenting levers that have round handles.[/QUOTE] America is how.
cant they just do the same, but rotate so you slide to the left. i mean the figure doesn't show that, they only show sliding to the right.
God that is so fucking stupid I don't know where to begin.
Next thing you know they'll be suing people for using number pads.
[QUOTE=Killajax;34729529]Next thing you know they'll be suing people for using number pads.[/QUOTE] They already sued samsung for their thing being square, there's no stopping them now.
I think it's about time to join the Apple boycott. Starting with iTunes. See ya.
Eh, I like those nokia phones that have a physical button for unlocking them better.
Surely this should be one of those patents that is licensed under FRAND. Its such a small but important thing.
It's like they're using offensive lawsuits in place of actually trying to be better than their competitors. Also, both Apple and the patent system are to blame. The patent system is broken, and Apple is taking advantage of it.
[QUOTE=Rents;34728851]How the hell can you even patent that? [editline]16th February 2012[/editline] It's like patenting levers that have round handles.[/QUOTE] patent any lever that [i]doesn't[/i] have a handle covered in razor blades
[QUOTE=Alexak75;34730010]It's like they're using offensive lawsuits in place of actually trying to be better than their competitors. Also, both Apple and the patent system are to blame. The patent system is broken, and Apple is taking advantage of it.[/QUOTE] Ew you're using a Mac. I would never use a Mac.
I'm not sure if you can patent letters, but someone go patent the letter i.
Oh apple [img]http://www.miami-locks.com/pictures/hardware/door_chain_guard.jpg[/img]
[QUOTE=alexk;34730142]I'm not sure if you can patent letters, but someone go patent the letter i.[/QUOTE] be careful what you wish for someone might patent it but it's gonna be apple
[QUOTE=mr apple;34730251]Oh apple [img]http://www.miami-locks.com/pictures/hardware/door_chain_guard.jpg[/img][/QUOTE] I loled. But really every Apple product is useless and just play terrible. Fuck Apple.
So we can patent movements now huh... Lets see someone find a way to patent sex.
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