updated 06:00 am EDT, Fri March 16, 2012
Apple may see slide to unlock voided in Germany
Apple was handed a possibly major setback Friday as its second slide-to-unlock lawsuit in Germany was put on hold. The Mannheim court's Judge Andreas Voss was unconvinced that the design model Apple was wielding against Samsung was necessarily valid. He determined that Apple should wait until Germany's Patent and Trademark Office had decided in a simultaneous case whether or not the design model was valid before moving ahead.
As utility models don't undergo substantial examination before being approved, Samsung only needed a slightly better than 50 percent likelihood that the model might be invalid to put forward an objection to the slide-to-unlock technique's invalidity.
Apple had been denied a lawsuit over the slide-to-unlock gesture just at the start of February. The American firm has contended that even the stock Android 4.0 unlock method found on the Galaxy Nexus was allegedly copying the iPhone's technique. As now, the relevant judge didn't believe Apple had enough merit to even begin the case.
The stay is the second in as many days and follows one in a case against the Motorola Gleam. In both circumstances, the court wasn't convinced that Apple had a strong case. [via Florian Mueller]