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[Gizmodo] Apple Now Owns the Unlock Slide Gesture

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Source is Gizmodo.
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Whether you're sliding a bar or pulling a puzzle piece across your smartphone screen, you're performing an action patented by Apple. Seriously, any "predefined gesture" used to unlock a phone is now covered under patent 8,046,721, issued today. Check out the full—albeit indecipherable—patent description at The Register.
The patent in full is on The Register.
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Read it again if you need to, but to The Register’s admittedly non-lawyer eyes, it looks like this. If you:

• Unlock a device using a gesture on a touch-sensitive display;

• Display an icon telling punters they have to unlock the device;

• Design the icon to tell users which direction they have to swipe the icon to unlock the device; or

• Provide visual cues for users too dumb to remember the unlock gesture;

…then you’d be breaching the patent.
I'm almost 100% sure I read that the unlock gesture was invented by another company... and though I said I would never join in on the *Apple patents everything!* bandwagon, I can't help but think... what?!

EDIT Hmm... I can't remember where I read that... so scratch it.
Edited by onoz - 10/25/11 at 10:46pm
 
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you've got to be kidding me.
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post #3 of 326
Let the Apple hating begin! FIGHT!

I do think this is ridiculous though.
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post #4 of 326
What's next, are they gonna patent the power button?
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Pffff!
 
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post #6 of 326
Quote:
Originally Posted by andos View Post
What's next, are they gonna patent the power button?
They've already patented that HDD activity LED, or "A device that links usage of a computer component to an LED of varying intensity based on usage"

Good job, Apple.
post #7 of 326
Wow, what on earth was the patent office thinking?
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post #8 of 326
So you're saying that my LG Sentio, a standard feature phone, is infringing on Apple's patents?
Edited by SprayN'Pray - 10/25/11 at 10:57pm
    
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post #9 of 326
Would have happened sooner or later.

Edit - I'll give this thread a max of 5 pages before it erupts in to a storm of arguments.
Edited by DisappointMe - 10/25/11 at 10:54pm
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post #10 of 326
I hate apple and for good reason
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