Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Slide to Unlock Patent

Yesterday, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent to Apple for their "Slide to Unlock" gesture. Many remember Steve Jobs in January 2007 proclaiming “To unlock the phone, I just take my finger and slide it across. Wanna see that again? We wanted something you couldn’t do by accident in your pocket. Just slide it across – BOOM.”

iOS executive Scott Forstall was credited as an inventor along with a half dozen Apple engineers. This patent was filed back at the end of 2005, making anyone using the "slide to unlock" feature infringing on Apple's patent.

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