HTC defeats Apple in swipe to unlock patent battle

HTC defeats Apple in swipe to unlock patent battle

HTC has claimed an important patent victory over Apple at the High Court in London as a judge ruled the Taiwanese firm did not infringe on the Cupertino giant's technologies.

The judge presiding over the case ruled that HTC had not infringed on Apple's patents concerning how users unlock their device.

He stated that Apple's slide-to-unlock feature was an "obvious" development in light of the 2004 launch of the Neonode N1 Swedish handset, which featured a similar unlocking mechanism.

A statement from the Taiwanese firm said: "HTC is pleased with the ruling, which provides further confirmation that Apple's claims against HTC are without merit."

The firm went on to say that it was "disappointed" the Californian tech company preferred to compete in the courtroom rather than the marketplace.

Apple refused to comment on the High Court decision and released an earlier statement, which read: "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."