The function, familiar to all smartphone users, lacks the technical innovation to be granted a patent, the court rules.
The High Court in London has ruled HTC did not infringe four of Apple's patents, including a patent on slide-to-unlock.
The iPhone maker could enforce a permanent ban ordered by a German court, but only if it's willing to put its money where its mouth is.
The regional court in Mannheim said that it would wait for proceedings in the German Patent and Trademark Office to be completed before it hears the case.
A German court has dismissed cases both Apple and Samsung brought against each other. Better luck next time, chaps.
A German court has banned Motorola phones in a patent dispute with Apple over the slide-to-unlock feature.
The search giant's patent application provides for an unlocking method that also lets users perform at least one command, like placing a call or opening an application.
It's no surprise at the IFA show to see another manufacturing power join the smartwatch market. But weren't Netbooks left for dead after consumers moved to tablets instead?
Ten years after the search giant started eyeing business customers, it's doing some rebranding to catch the eye of people bringing their devices to work.
In an interview, Synaptics CEO Rick Bergman talks about the opportunities that stem from the Internet of Things and describes his idea of the holy grail of biometric sensors.