German Injunction Ruling Favors Apple Over Motorola For Slide-to-unlock Patent Infringement

Add this to the back and forth and the ever growing battles between Apple and whomever they’re suing the pants off of this month. This month the lucky company to lose their pants is Motorola. While Motorola won one of their battles back in November, Apple has skated off with the most recent of victories. Judge Dr. Peter Guntz of the Munich Regional Court ruled in favor of Apple which means that Motorola is now faced with a permanent injunction regarding its use of the slide-to-unlock feature in their smartphones.

Judge Gruntz sided with Apple in its claims that Motorola’s UI element violated patent EP1964022. This is Apples patent regarding its slide-to-unlock software element. You know, the one that they were awarded last year. By losing this battle, Motorola could see certain devices of theirs banned in Germany. Even though this is a big win for Apple it wasn’t perfect. Only two out of the three, the ones pertaining to smartphones, were awarded. The third one was in regards to the XOOM tablet which in his ruling, Guntz felt that this fell outside of the patent’s realm.

There isn’t word on if Motorola will make an attempt to appeal this ruling and we will have to wait and see. This is certainly a big blow to Motorola and anyone else faces similar lawsuits. Like Samsung currently is. As Apple continues its quest to sue anyone that develops anything rectangular and resembles a smartphone it will be interesting in seeing what they’ll pull out of nowhere next time. Who knows maybe they’ll be awarded a patent for their use of the power button. If so, look out world.

source: FOSS patents
via: Phandroid 


About the Author: Jack Holt

Jack is a tech enthusiast who is surviving small-town Wyoming. He's a newspaper editor by trade and a blogger for fun. His phone of choice is the Galaxy Note 4 and when he's not tinkering on that, he can be found researching new tech and wondering if his wallet can sustain a new tech purchase. When he's not in front of a computer, he's out in the mountains with his dog exploring the wilderness.

  • BigBoss

    Heading title typo ‘slide to unlock’

    • Jack Holt

      Thanks for the catch. :)

  • yahoo!

    Boo hoo!!!  No one was crying when the courts went against Apple.  Kind of one sided huh?  I know this is an android blog…but, come on…other Apple blogs can be it little bit more level.  I’m surprised this blog even posted this information.  

    • Anonymous

      Well, instead of spending precious time on new designs and innovations, in this so much moving forward consumer products market, Apple waste money and time in courts, bullying its competition instead. Many got tired, and look forward to hear news when a court put that corporate bully back in its place.
      I love my iMac, love my Macbooks pro and my time capsules, but I’m getting more and more tired of this childish attitude. Hence reason why I end up with droid phone and left the boring iphone behind. I rather get something technologically adnvaced, than waste 2 years waiting for update, just to get the same old shit with few software gimmicks, because my hardware supplier had different priority.

      So yeah, Boo Hoo indeed.