German Court Rejects Apple’s Plea For a ‘Slide to Unlock’ Patent on Their iPhone

Apple slide to unlock patent rejected‘Slide to Unlock’, one of the defining features found in an Apple iPhone has been denied a patent according to the Federal Court of Appeals at Karlsruhe in Germany. The upper court has upheld the 2013 verdict of a German lower court. While rejecting Apple’s appeal of patenting the feature, the verdict even mentioned that a similar technique was used by Neonode Inc., a Swedish company, even before the first iPhone was launched in the year 2007.

‘Slide to unlock’ is not a patent of Apple

The verdict has come as a setback for the company, which is reported to be gearing up for the launch of new iPhones in a couple of weeks. However, the Apple office in Germany has not released any official statement in response to this verdict.

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With a few days left for the launch of the rumored iPhone handsets, the company may be busy adding some ground-breaking features to make the device unique.

Even though Apple did not make any comment, the verdict is surely to be a cause of rejoice for Motorola, who originally challenged Apple’s claim for patenting the ‘Slide to Unlock’ feature. Samsung joined Motorola initially but later decided to withdraw their support.

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Apple Vs Samsung: Apple Wants Ban On Sale Of Samsung Devices Along With $700 million

As per latest news, Apple is worth billions of dollars and can reach a trillion mark within one year. Surely the most valuable firm!

Recently in August, Apple pulled off with winning a billion dollar over Samsung in compensation for infringing its iPhone patents.

But the story isn’t over.

In a most recent claim filed Friday, Apple now wants $700 million and more from Samsung along with a permanent ban on sale of Samsung devices, which infringe the former’s patents.

Primarily Apple had demanded $2.5 billion, which could have gone up thrice the amount of $1 billion, which Samsung actually paid the former.

Among the claims, Apple wants $400 million damage for design infringement by Samsung, $135 million for willful violation of utility patents, $121 million in supplemental damages based on Samsung’s device sales not covered in the jury’s deliberation, and $50 million of prejudgment interest on damages through December 31, which totals the amount to $706 million.

Apple clearly doesn’t want to let go of its patent rights. The firm’s latest iPhone 5 recently surpassed all previous sales record and was sold-out within 24 hours of its open-up.

Putting a ban on 20 Samsung devices including Galaxy S3 could be a major blow for the Korean manufacturer.

The Korean smartphone maker, of course, disagrees with the verdict and has filed a motion in response, asking for a new trail. The firm also called the court unjust, stating that the court’s restrictions on trial time, witnesses and exhibits were unmatched for a patent case, and also said that it didn’t give Samsung enough time to present a full and fair case.

Earlier this week, Samsung also said it plans to strike out at Apple in another courtroom case, adding iPhone 5 in an already existing lawsuit.

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