Apple granted swipe to unlock patent...

Discussion in 'iOS Devices' started by John Kotches, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. John Kotches

    John Kotches Topic Starter SatelliteGuys Master Supporting Founder

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    I don't blame Apple for this, but I think this is a perfect example of how broken the US patent system is. A patent for "swipe to unlock" was granted (took 5 years to get it). This affects just about every non-apple smart phone out there.

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    This isn't a "beat up on Apple", they understand the rules of the patent game and a former employer of mine (IBM) also understood the game.
     
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    There's prior art, they won't ever sue anyone for this, as they'll lose it. It's just a defensive patent.
     
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    John Kotches Topic Starter SatelliteGuys Master Supporting Founder

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    If there's prior art, the USPTO shouldn't have granted the patent to begin with...
     

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