German Court Rules Apple's Slide-to-Unlock Patent Invalid

German Court Rules Apple's Slide-to-Unlock Patent Invalid

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The Bundespatentgericht, Germany's Federal Patent Court, has ruled that Apple's patent for 'unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image' is invalid and of the 14 amendments proposed by Apple were acceptable, reports FOSS Patents.

Today's decision followed a full-day hearing before a panel of five judges (including three judges with an engineering background), which Judge Vivian Sredl presided over. It can and will be appealed by Apple to the Bundesgerichtshof (Federal Court of Justice). At the end of the hearing, counsel for Apple moved to present a couple of amended claims only with a view to the appeal. Apple, Samsung and Google already knew in December that the Federal Patent Court was inclined to invalidate this patent.

The same court is set to rule on one of Samsung's standard-essential wireless patents next week.

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German Court Rules Apple's Slide-to-Unlock Patent Invalid
NoGoodNick - April 5, 2013 at 4:25pm
Unfortunately, patent law is growing increasingly difficult, as each country invalidates varies entities based on their own views of their own self-interests, and thus any given company can't count on ANY of their patents holding up universally any more. While some patents may seem burdensome, the fact that Samsung originally stole so much from Apple proves why it's necessary, as it's only recently that they've started producing any innovations of their own. Right now, Patent law is like Swiss Cheese, full of holes as each country applies whichever ones they feel inclined too.
Steve Jobs - April 5, 2013 at 3:45pm
Serves them rite !!
Ken - April 6, 2013 at 11:59pm
How so? Oh that's right your just on the bash Apple bandwagon like the other Android sheep and have no basis for your opinion which is actually someone else's.
mhar - April 5, 2013 at 3:26pm
What a tool apple are everything has a Patent