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