Slide to unlock: German Federal Patent Court says Apple patent invalid

Apr

5

2013

Slide to unlock: German Federal Patent Court says Apple patent invalid

Also in Germany, we are the Apple iPhone or iPad further unlock the Slide to unlock function. However, this is gesture unlock future no longer protected by a patent.
Slide to unlock: German Federal Patent Court says Apple patent invalid

Yesterday, the German Federal Patent Court declared – consisting of five patent judges – said Apple patent invalid. Patent protection for the function (EP1964022) was lifted immediately, but Apple may file an appeal and appeal the decision. This is the company from Cupertino also do, although the patent is no longer as relevant as it might still be a year or two ago.

Meanwhile, the competitors have found their own ways, in a similar way their smart phones to unlock, so you no longer have to orient to Apple here. Nevertheless, one should avoid abzukupfern the design and gesture one to one, because then you run the risk of hurting others (design) patents at all costs.

As it is, you can not run software patenting in Europe so readily, in contrast to the United States. There must be a technical problem, which is solved in this way and this is not the Slide to unlock by a court for the case.

Even though Apple has yesterday submitted further applications with which you want to score points in the appeal, I do not think that one can thus significantly improve the evidence base for the benefit of the company and therefore it can be assumed that at least for Germany the Slide to unlock history is used

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