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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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