This is an interesting little tale from the near interminable Apple patent wars. And it's an interesting guide to the way that patent laws really are not the same the world over. For it appears that a German court has invalidated Apple's slide to unlock patent: The Bundespatentgericht (federal patent court) in Munich ruled that the famous patent is invalid because European...
(1 month and 13 days ago)
A German court has invalidated an Apple patent for the slide-to-unlock feature on mobile phones, according to a published report. The Thursday ruling by Bundespatentgericht, Germany's federal patent court, is a victory for Samsung Electronics and Motorola Mobility. Apple has sought injunctions prohibiting the sale of devices from both companies. The Bundespatentgericht...
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Apple could be about to ditch the passcode unlocking mechanism in favour of a new image recognition tool, according to a patent filing made last week.The proposed "Image-based Authentication System" would show the image of a random contact on the homescreen and ask users to identify his or her name from a list of possibilities.If the user correctly identifies the image (or...
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Plus Google explains why it's forking WebKit (plus: translation), the soaring price of Apple's new build, and moreA burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamFacebook Home >> FacebookYou may be seeing a lot more of this.Apple's slide-to-unlock patent invalidated in Germany (decision is appealable) >> FOSS PatentsSamsung and Google's...
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Samsung was issued a setback this week in its patent battle with Apple, when the International Trade Commission (ITC) found that the Korean phone maker infringes on an Apple patent by using a text-selection feature in its devices.
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has told Apple that it cannot enforce its famous “rubber banding” patent because the feature, as cool as it might be, is not a novel idea. The decision hands Samsung a small victory in ...
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HTC has something else to worry about: it's facing the prospect of having to fork out for damages if it loses a patent litigation court case to haptics company Immersion. Immersion had been content to stay its U.S. lawsuit against HTC -- in order to wait for the completion of an ITC patent investigation -- but has now asked for the stay to be lifted so it can seek immediate...
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Smartphone giant HTC has won its third legal spat with rival Nokia, further clearing the victor to turn itself around this year after Apple agreed last year to ditch a series of patent lawsuits.
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Nokia is currently suing HTC in Germany on 22 cases, but one of them is finally coming to an end. The court has ruled that HTC used a battery-saving patent, owned by Nokia, in three of its smartphones. The patent is about some battery-saving procedures while a device is connected to a network. It was infringed by three HTC phones, but all of them are already discontinued in...
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A Samsung patent lawsuit overturned today in a German court sought to prevent Apple from making it easy for blind iPhone users to access the VoiceOver feature -- a text-to-speech app so essential that the National Federation for the Blind gave it an award.
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