Apple granted 'slide to unlock' patent for touchscreen devices

26 October, 2011
This could mean more legal trouble for Android OEMs and Android itself if Apple decides to take legal action.

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  • young chris

I had a problem with my phn "MVVY zero" none of a sudden, d phn start losing sm of device. And now, d touch-screen refused to work and it now lock. How will I unlock my phn without d screen-key? Pls help me

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  • 2012-04-26 04:15
  • ftVi
  • P.I.M.P

dis just shows dat the patent office guys graduated with degrees in is just getting greedy day by day and not thinking of others,in the end they will suffer the consequences and then we have the last u guys better think before doing sumthing.just shows ur looking as far as ur noses!!!!

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  • 2011-10-29 01:39
  • t44p
  • fjkdl;as

Apple will get nowhere with this lawsuit.

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  • 2011-10-28 04:09
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  • Dave

"'ll find that it only talks about gestures performed in a 'predefined path'."

Or, if you actually read it:

"may include moving the unlock image to a predefined location" which includes things like moving a circle over an unlock icon.

It also doesn't specify what "predefined path" means, which could be interpreted to include paths defined by the user.

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  • 2011-10-27 16:16
  • JLxy
  • Anonymous

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-10-26 18:30 from u7Gj - click to readthey already did patent the 'i'.....

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  • 2011-10-27 13:19
  • IVyL
  • Anonymous

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-10-26 21:25 from 7BBB - click to readNo it's not, the system OS is written completely different as to what windows is.

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  • 2011-10-27 11:27
  • MVg6
  • andy man

Apple will surely sue for this

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  • 2011-10-27 06:37
  • jZ@8
  • Aruba

I'm really disappointed in GSM Arena. How could you guys "forget" to report that Apple didn't invent this?

Exhibit A:

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  • 2011-10-27 06:29
  • YH6g
  • Anonymous

> In reply to mrjobsassistant @ 2011-10-26 10:11 from 3AxW - click to readThey have more money than the US Treasury, not the US Govt. And you're right, Apple will go nowhere as you said.

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  • 2011-10-27 03:43
  • TfX2
  • Anonymous

> In reply to Blankman @ 2011-10-26 13:40 from mrLT - click to readTouchwiz doesn't have the "slide to unlock."

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  • 2011-10-27 03:25
  • TfX2
  • Anonymous

Apple is scared of competition, that's why there are all these patents that are completely ludicrous.

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  • 2011-10-27 03:20
  • TfX2
  • MdN

Meh. I thought Apple invented that "slide to unlock" thing just to keep the iPhone from looking too much like LG Prada (the first capacitive touch-screen on the market).

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  • 2011-10-27 02:14
  • Mtr9
  • aodxxl

I will patent drinking from a bottle. People will have to use cups for that now. Sorry :(

Apple filled the patent in 2005. It hasnt been granted since now because its stupid .It has been granted now because apple payed the judges 40 million dollars to give the patent.

Apple hasnt created the slide to unlock . It was first present on the neonode n1m and apple stole the ideea like many others and claimed it as theyre own.

Only in the US patents are given for software because americans are stupid( no offence , studyes reveal that) In europe software inovation is free for all and promotes evolution and competitivity and also lower prices.

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  • 2011-10-27 00:13
  • 0Uvv
  • Joe

This is getting ridiculous, next thing they will get a patent for "Flipping you phone to get Landscape mode". How do you get a patent for this kind of stuff, I'm sure they were not the first ones in the world to come up with that...

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  • 2011-10-26 22:50
  • IDes
  • Anonymous

> In reply to Ted @ 2011-10-26 19:41 from IV5W - click to readIf you are granted that patent, yes.

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  • 2011-10-26 21:45
  • 3YbX
  • Anonymous

> In reply to dave @ 2011-10-26 20:51 from mX1L - click to readYou know why Windows gets virus? Cause its compatible with everything. Os x is not..

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  • 2011-10-26 21:25
  • 7BBB
  • Anonymous

> In reply to Highst @ 2011-10-26 15:06 from 3AxW - click to readwho did the first mobile phone(in cars)

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  • 2011-10-26 20:23
  • f388
  • Mario

Since internet got wide-spread into the lives of children, you read a lot of school playground comments on serious websites... shame..

Show some level for God's sake.

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  • 2011-10-26 19:50
  • nxZp
  • Ted

> In reply to bong @ 2011-10-26 16:10 from vaP$ - click to readtrue, it's time to sue the patent office! they r just getting ridiculous.... if Apple gets away with this, i'll patent talking, walking, typing, seeing, breathing, sleeping etc.... well, i'll b filthy rich!

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  • 2011-10-26 19:46
  • IV5W