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'slide to unlock' can be implemented on any touchscreen or touchpad device. Such devices have been out for a LONG time.
so what is it that makes the apple patent on slide to unlock anything other than a software patent?
Software is The Glass Bead Game
Posted Jan 31, 2012 2:25 UTC (Tue) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
I'm certainly not saying that slide-to-unlock is not a software patent. In fact, we've been using it as an example of one all along.
And I am only guessing as to what the claims of that patent are. I'd like to know, actually (not enough to read it, though).
But I'm willing to bet, still, that they don't include program listings or identify a particular piece of software, so if one's definition of software patent is a patent on some software, it isn't one of those.
Posted Jan 31, 2012 2:39 UTC (Tue) by jrn (subscriber, #64214)
Is it, in your view, a software patent?
Posted Jan 31, 2012 3:03 UTC (Tue) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
I don't know. Remember, I'm the guy who says he doesn't know what the term "software patent" means.
Incidentally, though I have only a passing familiarity with patents, ISTR there is stuff in an application besides claims, like stuff that demonstrates the invention is actually complete and useful, so drawings and code listings might be in there without being part of the claims.
Posted Jan 31, 2012 5:32 UTC (Tue) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
Posted Jan 31, 2012 16:08 UTC (Tue) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
nothing in a patent is required to be 'useful'
Posted Feb 1, 2012 12:53 UTC (Wed) by java_developer (guest, #82469)
Posted Feb 1, 2012 19:22 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
in practice, the person applying for a patent doesn't even have to prove that the idea works (no working models required)
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