Apple Goes After Samsung for Slide-to-Unlock Feature

Apple is attacking its arch rival Samsung with an all new angle specifically going after a feature in Korean electronics giant's smartphone this time claiming that it violate its "slide-to-unlock" feature.

In this new lawsuit, Apple has claimed that Galaxy Nexus violates the "slide-to-unlock" feature which was introduced for the first time back in 2007 by the original iPhone. Later on in the month of October 2011, it was patented with US Patent and Trademark Office. In fact, in the year 2006 Apple also got a "utility model" registration done in Germany for this feature, reported Apple Insider.

Samsung may bring in its Neonode N1m smartphone that had the slide-to-unlock feature way before Apple had dubbed this feature as its invention.

In the present lawsuit, Justice Andreas Voss might decide to keep it pending as an identical suit has been filed with Munich based Federal Patent Court in order to avoid any sort of inconsistency in rulings. However, Apple is looking for a decision over the matter as soon as possible.

Both these companies have been long involved in a series of legal onslaughts against one-another in several countries including Australia, Germany, the UK and South Korea.