Germany quashes Apple's patent on unlocking iPhones

Apr 05, 2013
A woman uses her mobile phone outside an Apple store in Shanghai on May 7, 2012. Germany's patent court invalidated a patent held by Apple—and contested by rivals Motorola and Samsung—on its "slide to unlock" function for smartphones, but the ruling can still be appealed.

Germany's patent court invalidated Friday a patent held by Apple—and contested by rivals Motorola and Samsung—on its "slide to unlock" function for smartphones, but the ruling can still be appealed.

The federal patent court ruled that the the horizontal swiping gesture was not a in itself and therefore did not meet requirements of European .

The aim of the function was to make it easier for users to unlock their smartphone and not solve a specific technical problem, the court argued.

Apple can still appeal the ruling.

Explore further: Could a merger follow the PayPal-eBay split?

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

German court dismisses Apple, Samsung lawsuits

Mar 02, 2012

(AP) -- A German court has dismissed patent lawsuits by technology giants Apple and Samsung against each other in the two companies' battle over the market for smartphones and tablet devices.

Recommended for you

The New York Times to cut 100 newsroom jobs

10 hours ago

The New York Times Co. says it is cutting about 100 newsroom jobs through buyouts and layoffs in an effort to trim costs and focus more on its digital efforts.

What's PayPal's first solo move?

Sep 30, 2014

PayPal's impending split from long-time partner eBay Inc. will ratchet up its appeal to online retail competitors such as Amazon.com and give it the freedom to aggressively take on new mobile pay challeng ...

AOL to feed more video, news to Microsoft's MSN

Sep 30, 2014

AOL will provide Microsoft's MSN with more video and additional news stories from popular sites such as The Huffington Post and TechCrunch in an expansion of a deal aimed at selling more digital advertising.

User comments : 3

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Moebius
4.5 / 5 (2) Apr 05, 2013
Much as I'm on Apple's side, you can't patent basics like that. There are only 2 ways to activate a touch screen, stationary and moving touch and to patent one of them is baloney. If that's patentable then it belongs to the inventor of the touch screen.
dbsi
5 / 5 (1) Apr 05, 2013
Agreed, if you have a touch screen as an interface, then touching and the way you touch the screen is the input method. The input is interpreted by a program. The possibility to patent simple functions invoked by simple inputs is way to stupid. Completly lacking an inventive component. Maybe l should try to patent a U-guesture to unlock the screen or device.
Anda
not rated yet Apr 06, 2013
Patenting a gesture is absurd. There's no tech involved.