Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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Apple's strategy isn't effective so far
by siki_miki on Sat 7th Jul 2012 12:22 UTC
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Slide to unlock is not even violated - the lock screne now has a circle that you need to drag to a certain point. No predefined path, as stated in Apple's patent, is needed to unlock.
Unified search? I guess that has been done done many times over last few decades (or even before the computing era) It's just a matter of time when this one will be invalidated.
For example: Microsoft's driver search which looks locally, as well as online for apppropriate driver, introduced (at least) in Windows XP.

Not only these lawsuits are done when "infringing" product is already EOL, the judges are also starting to realize that there is too much of obviousness in the asserted patents (and most software patents in fact). Unfortunately too many of them aren't competent to lead these cases (e.g. the one in the Apple-Samsung trial).

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