Both Samsung and Motorola have had their disputes with Apple on their “slide to unlock” technology, and now a German Court has finally reject Apple their patent. The Court rejected all claims of Patent No EP1964022, while other 14 amendments proposed by Apple were also dismissed.
Apparently Apple was defeated by the European patent law, which forbids patenting software that “fails to meet the ethnicity requirements”.
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In the past Apple was again rejected by a Netherlands and UK court because the Neonode N1m (prior art) technology used by a Swedish mobile phone was in their opinion ‘obvious’ when described in the patent. The Swedish phone was released a year previous to Apple.
The “slide to unlock” technology is described as being able to unlock the device by”performing gestures on an unlock image”. This is something that all smartphones have, while many are trying to avoid Apples legal requirements by using different technologies.
While Samsung and Motorola can enjoy a nice victory against Apple, the decision can still be appealed at the Federal Court of Justice in Germany. However the patent war has still a long way ahead, with victories on all sides.
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