Apple has notched up yet another victory in Germany’s courtrooms, having picked up a possible permanent injunction against Motorola smartphones that rely on a ‘slide-to-unlock’ patent. This particular decision targets a couple of Motorola smartphones which rely on a swiping motion to unlock them. Apple’s European patent which pointed to an image and a gesture required to unlock it failed to stick to the Motorola Xoom though, but some of Motorola’s smartphones were obviously affected. Motorola would most probably appeal this decision at the moment, since it is a system that it currently uses on nearly all of its devices. Heck, just about all other Android-powered devices use a ‘slide-to-unlock’ motion, so it would be interesting to see whether Apple pushes for a ban of affected Motorola smartphones – not only in Germany, but other countries as well.

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