Apple [AAPL] has sued HTC for infringing on 20 different iPhone UI patents. Various patents infringed (according to Apple) include unlock gestures and other similar functions.
From what we understand, Apple is wanting a permanent injunction to prevent HTC selling phones that use these patents. More patents include the following...
The ˜331 Patent, entitled "Time-Based, Non-Constant Translation Of User Interface Objects Between States," was duly and legally issued on April 22, 2008 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The ˜949 Patent, entitled "Touch Screen Device, Method, And Graphical User Interface For Determining Commands By Applying Heuristics," was duly and legally issued on January 20, 2009 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the ˜949 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit B.
The ˜849 Patent, entitled "Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image," was duly and legally issued on February 2, 2010 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A copy of the ˜849 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit C.
Steve Jobs said...
"We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We've decided to do something about it,"... "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."
It may be a while before we know the outcome of this, if there is any so for now, it's business as usual while the two companies battle it out it seems.