Printed from http://www.electronista.com

German court invalidates Apple slide-to-unlock patent

updated 05:49 pm EDT, Thu April 4, 2013

Ruling helps Samsung, Motorola cases

Germany's Federal Patent Court has ruled that all claims of Apple's slide-to-unlock patent are invalid as granted, according to FOSS Patents. The court has moreover ruled that none of the 14 amendments Apple has proposed can be used. The decision comes after a full-day hearing in front of five judges, led by Judge Vivian Sredl; two of the judges are said to have come from an engineering background.

Apple is already planning to appeal the decision to the Federal Court of Justice, and the company in fact moved to present a couple of amended claims at the end of the hearing, but only in relation to an appeal. All three companies with a stake in the ruling -- Apple, Samsung, and Motorola Mobility -- are said to have known since December that the Patent Court would probably invalidate the patent.

Apple has not had much luck with the patent, with previous rulings in Germany, the UK, and the Netherlands turning against the company's favor, although in February 2012 Apple did win a German injunction against two Motorola devices. Given today's ruling, it's expected that a Motorola appeal will be stayed.

Notably, the patent only covers some implementations of slide-to-unlock. A number of alternatives already in use are going unchallenged by Apple.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

  1. apostle

    Junior Member

    Joined: 04-16-08

    So...

    ...who granted Apple invalid patents in the first place?

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

ActvContent Sync Smartband

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features fo ...

RocketStor 6324L Thunderbolt 2 eSATA bridge

Like it or not, the shift to Thunderbolt is underway. The connection is extremely flexible, allowing for video and data to co-habitate ...

Patriot Stellar Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 drive

A vast selection of USB memory sticks means that consumers can often find exactly the size drive they need in a configuration that can ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News