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[geekwire] Microsoft researcher’s 1991 video could torpedo Apple’s key ‘slide to unlock patent

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The 1991 video, entitled “Touchscreen Toggle Design,” features University of Maryland researcher Catherine Plaisant – who was at Microsoft’s payroll at the time – showing off a number of ways to model a touchscreen toggle that users can control. One of the toggles (shown at around 2:55) is an on-off slider that users can control by swiping their finger back and forth, in a manner that’s similar to Apple’s slide-to-unlock control for the iPhone.

Source - Geekwire

Never understood how apple was able to be granted patents for stuff like this. Hopefully this helps Samsung, and Android in general.
Edited by orlfman - 4/7/14 at 9:10pm
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Could you post video link?
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Could you post video link?

Sure...


OP it would make life a lot easier for all of us thumb.gif
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OP it would make life a lot easier for all of us thumb.gif

Sorry, I didn't since it was in the source link. I went ahead and added it to my post though.
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Never understood how apple was able to be granted patents for stuff like this. Hopefully this helps Samsung, and Android in general.

I'm not even sure that the patent was granted for the general concept. The Samsung lawyer's argument in precourt was apparently that Apple's patent is not for a specific implementation of slide to unlock, and that it is fair for Samsung to implement the idea on their own. Of course, none of that matters to a careless or possibly corrupt jury
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Android has gone beyond the now boring "slide to unlock". This is moot.
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Android has gone beyond the now boring "slide to unlock". This is moot.
never moot to combat stupidity
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Never understood how apple was able to be granted patents for stuff like this. Hopefully this helps Samsung, and Android in general.

Lucy Koh and the US Patent system.

Apple patents everything. Then everyone infringes and gives them money, or gets sued and Lucy Koh makes sure Apple gets truckloads of money.
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post #9 of 67
This reminds me of that one patent "Touching the screen to influence the behaviour of the device". It proves what a useless concept patents are these days in their current form with people who don't know a thing about technology issuing them.
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She looks like a dude I used to know in high school. Had to do a double take.
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