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Germany quashes Apple’s patent on unlocking iPhones



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BERLIN – Germany’s patent court invalidated Friday a patent held by Apple — and contested by rivals Motorola and Samsung — on its “slide to unlock” function for smartphones, but the ruling can still be appealed.

The federal patent court ruled that the horizontal swiping gesture was not a technical innovation in itself and therefore did not meet requirements of European patent law.

The aim of the function was to make it easier for users to unlock their smartphone and not solve a specific technical problem, the court argued.

Apple can still appeal the ruling.









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  • Dagxawin

    Apple sucks!

  • kismaytami

    For centuries, we have doors and windows sliding horizontally. How come apple thought it was their idea?



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