Germany quashes Apple's patent on unlocking iPhonesApril 5, 2013 in Technology / Business
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 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.
(c) 2013 AFP
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