HTC beats Apple in patent dispute for swipe to unlock in London court


A High court in the U.K. has made it official: HTC’s “swipe to unlock” feature does not, in fact, impede on any Apple patents. To add to the mix, the court said that the other three complaints lodged by Apple were invalid as well. These were the patents in question:

The judge presiding over the case said that slide to unlock is an “obvious” development. Apple refused to comment, but rather re-issued a previous statment, saying:

“We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

Score one for true use of open technology, and the use of universal development for true innovation. Be sure to let us know your thoughts below.

via bbc


  1. When Apple say ”
    but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.” and the Judge says
    would have infringed Apple’s technology had it not been for a device released in 2004. The Neonode N1. So it appears that Apple stole it in the first place, Oh dear.

  2. Swype to unlock came from slide to unlock which came from phones that actually slide apart ( or folded) to unlock. The patent concept has really gotten fouled up. I wonder if I could patent the middle finger salute…. think of the royalties…

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