The 11 patents that are getting android manufacturers in trouble w/ the iPhone.

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Big.Mac.Daddy, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2012

    One in particular seemed too wide open to even been given to Apple in the first place :eek:

    How else would you ever unlock a touchscreen device?
  2. macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2011
    Touching rather than sliding.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2011
    One of the most absurd patents out there. I had that functionality in Windows Mobile...
  4. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 27, 2012
    The patent (US 8046721) refers to "several well-known unlocking procedures, such as pressing a pre-defined set of buttons (simultaneously or sequentially) or entering a code or password."
  5. macrumors 68000

    Jul 6, 2007
    I'm sure it's more specific than what the blog/foss patents have published. It's just a generic title so without reading the actual patent application, we wouldn't know exactly what the patent entails.
  6. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 27, 2012
    Here is Claim 1:

    1. A method of unlocking a hand-held electronic device, the device including a touch-sensitive display, the method comprising:

    detecting a contact with the touch-sensitive display at a first predefined location corresponding to an unlock image;

    continuously moving the unlock image on the touch-sensitive display in accordance with movement of the contact while continuous contact with the touch screen is maintained, wherein the unlock image is a graphical, interactive user-interface object with which a user interacts in order to unlock the device; and

    unlocking the hand-held electronic device if the moving the unlock image on the touch-sensitive display results in movement of the unlock image from the first predefined location to a predefined unlock region on the touch-sensitive display.


    If you have prior art that invalidates this claim, I'm sure Samsung would love to hear from you. The PTO found, though, that this claim is valid over about 50 other patents it cited, including patents from Microsoft.

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