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The Wall Street Journal Reported that, iPhone and iOS designer Greg Christie leaves Apple. Greg Christie develop many of the patent function for Apple’s iPhone. Christie is listed as an inventor on nearly 100 Apple patents and has 31 more applications pending with the patent office, the newspaper said. “Slide to Unlock” function is one of them. But now as patent laws really are not the same the world over, earlier Apple’s ‘slide to unlock’ patent invalidated by German court, and Apple also Loses The Slide To Unlock Patent In Europe.

Apple from Chase Turvey on Vimeo.

Apple shows internal documents to prove Samsung “slavishly copied” its slide to unlock feature. One of the five patents Apple claims Samsung infringed upon in its smartphones is the “slide to unlock” feature, which might seem to be a minor UI “inspiration” but Samsung’s internal documents prove it copied them over time after failing to come up with better alternatives.

During the proceedings of the patent infringement lawsuit between the two companies, Apple revealed multiple internal Samsung documents that showed how market research and competitive sales revealed that Samsung’s screen unlock UI was not good enough and it had to come up with something similar to Apple’s iPhone, Apple Insider reports. Continue Reading….

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  1. Zoya April 10, 2014 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Bad news for Apple, greg christie is the best software developer, may be he ll join Samsung.

  2. Michael Shaw April 10, 2014 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    This is not bad news, bad news is is “Apple Loses The Slide To Unlock Patent In Europe.”

  3. Richard April 10, 2014 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Given that slide to unlock was one of the major complaints Apple had against Samsung this now makes a good part of their legal strategy in Europe a lot less worthwhile.

  4. Diana April 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

    The patent law in Europe is different from United States patent law where new and innovative is all that has to be achieved to receive protection.

  5. Tech Reviewer April 10, 2014 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    That patent “slide to unlock ” is one of more than a dozen at issue in Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung Electronics.

    And It is expected that Apple will appeal Thursday’s ruling to the “Federal Court of Justice of Germany”.

  6. Stacy April 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    As part of an ongoing German patent struggle, Motorola on Thursday won a ruling from the federal court.

  7. Jacob April 10, 2014 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    The Patent law’s are not similar worldwide, every country has different law’s.

  8. Molly April 10, 2014 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Greg Christie is one of the leading name in apple’s “human interface” team.

  9. Joshie April 10, 2014 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    nice post karan, thanks for sharing such a great news, many things learn about patent law.

  10. Perry patricia April 10, 2014 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    I am Surprised, How over a period of time Samsung’s unlock UI became quite similar to Apple’s slide to unlock feature.

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