Dutch Court Rules That Apple’s “Slide To Unlock” Patent Invalid

Just one day after halting sales of a bunch of Samsung phones, Apple has been hit with a ruling from a Dutch court that their slide to unlock patent is likely invalid. According to Foss Patents, the deciding factor was a Swedish phone manufacturer by the name of Neonode who released a Windows CE phone in Europe that featured a slide-to-unlock mechanism before Apple even filed its patent in late December 2005.

I guess the iLawyers missed that one when they filed this patent.

 

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