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German court invalidates Apple slide-to-unlock patent

The function, familiar to all smartphone users, lacks the technical innovation to be granted a patent, the court rules.

By April 4, 2013


Apple wins design patents for slide-to-unlock, original iPhone

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office grants design patents for the contentious user interface asset.

By February 5, 2013


Apple loses slide-to-unlock fight with HTC in UK court

The High Court in London has ruled HTC did not infringe four of Apple's patents, including a patent on slide-to-unlock.

By July 5, 2012


German court pushes Apple's slide-to-unlock lawsuit back

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.

By March 16, 2012


Slide-to-unlock patent case thrown out of court

A German court has dismissed cases both Apple and Samsung brought against each other. Better luck next time, chaps.

By March 3, 2012


Apple wins Motorola phones ban over Android slide-to-unlock

A German court has banned Motorola phones in a patent dispute with Apple over the slide-to-unlock feature.

By February 17, 2012


Google files for slide-to-unlock patent as Apple battle heats up

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.

By February 17, 2012


Apple slides and blocks Motorola devices over 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.

By February 16, 2012


Apple uses 'slide to unlock' patent in lawsuit against Galaxy Nexus

In October 2011, Apple won a patent detailing the method of sliding an onscreen mark to unlock the iOS operating system on a mobile device. Now, just four months later, Samsung's Galaxy Nexus is coming under fire for violating that patent.

By January 23, 2012


Apple wins 'slide to unlock' patent

Many of the patent applications and grants involving Apple relate to theoretical products that may never see the light of day. Today, Apple has been granted a patent that covers one of the most basic (and copied) processes in iOS, slide to unlock.

By October 25, 2011