Micron Patent Could Upset Apple
Micron Patent Could Upset Apple
Written by Alex Armstrong   
Monday, 04 February 2013

The US Patent Office has granted Micron a patent covering a "system and method for controlling user access to an electronic device" . Could this be enough to overthrow Apple's slide-to-unlock patent claims?

The patent awarded in January 2013 to Micron Technology and now published as US 8352745 B2 is for a method of authenticating users by matching the geometric pattern they input to a touch screen with a previously stored pattern.

 

micronpatentf4

 

It cites the inventor as James McKeeth and includes reference to a related patent application filed in February 2000 and issued as US Patent No 6,766,456 BI.

fig3c

Drawing attention to Figure 3C of the patent application, an upward swipe or slide, Denis Crouch writing on the PatentlyO blog makes two salient points regarding the ongoing smartphone wars:

  • Apple's slide-to-unlock patents claim priority only to the 2004-2005 timeframe and, although they may be separately patentable, Apple's patents will not serve to invalidate Micron's new patent.

  • Samsung has a 10-year cross licensing deal with Micron (set up in October 2010) - and doesn't have similar deals with Apple, Google/Motorola or RIM

He also speculates as to whether Micron will hold on to the patents or pass them on "for enforcement" - which could be bad news for several mobile phone manufacturers.

 

micronp2

 

Banner


Devpost Diversifies Into Developer Jobs
16/09/2016

Devpost, which is known to developers for running contests and hackathons, both online and in person now has a recruiting platform built exclusively for software developers. At the moment it is o [ ... ]



Oracle Proposes That NetBeans Move To Apache UPDATE
16/09/2016

Our new item on September 14 that Oracle was asking the Apache Software Foundation to accept NetBeans into the Apache Foundation led to a welcome repsonse from Oracle to reassure us that it will  [ ... ]


More News

 

 

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 February 2013 )
 
 

   
Banner
Banner
RSS feed of news items only
I Programmer News
Copyright © 2016 i-programmer.info. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.