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HTC’s Victory against Apple over Swipe-to-unlock Patent Dispute

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HTC’s Victory against Apple over Swipe-to-unlock Patent Dispute

HTC defeats Apple in the patent case filed against HTC for infringing the swipe to unlock feature of Apple.

The ruling by the High Court in London said that Apple’s slide-to-unlock feature was an “obvious: development in the light of a similar function on an earlier Swedish handset.

The judge said that HTC’s “arc unlock” feature – which also involves a predefined gesture along a path shown on-screen – would have infringed Apple’s technology had it not been for a device released in 2004.

He added that the concept of a “slider” was not new since it had already appeared in Microsoft’s CE system.

As a result Apple’s claim to the innovation was rejected.

Apple has previously defended its slide-to-unlock patent in other disputes against Samsung, HTC and Google’s Motorola unit with some success.

A statement from the Taiwanese firm said: “HTC is pleased with the ruling, which provides further confirmation that Apple’s claims against HTC are without merit. We remain disappointed that Apple continues to favor competition in the courtroom over competition in the marketplace.”

Apple re-issued an earlier statement: “We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

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