Automatic unlocking with Apple Watch is a stolen patent?

Apple is being sued for allegedly stealing a patent to automatically unlock devices using the Apple Watch.

Apple’s novelty was announced at WWDC in 2016

The Cupertino giant first presented the possibility of automatic locking of its other devices thanks to the Apple Watch on the wrist during WWDC 2016, which took place exactly from June 13 to 17. At first, this feature applied to Mac computers, then it also hit iPhones with Face ID. The function is actually very useful and useful in everyday life – but it turns out there is a catch…

Did Apple steal this patent? The case went to court

There’s a company that thinks Apple stole that patent from them. As reported by Patently Apple, the lawsuit in this case has already gone to court. The patent that SmartWatch MobileConcepts LLC is fighting so fiercely is patent number 10,362,480, titled “Systems, Methods, and Devices for Providing Wearable Users with Access to Secure Electronic Systems.”

There is, however, a “but” – and there are many, it must be admitted. When analyzing all these reports, it should be noted that the patent was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on August 11, 2016. As I mentioned at the beginning of the text, the WWDC 2016 lasted from June 13 to 17 of the same year. So it turns out that Apple announced automatic unlocking of other devices with the Apple Watch almost two months earlier.

In the lawsuit, it can be read that the SmartWatch MobileConcepts LLC patent was granted on December 27, 2016. However, when we visit the official website of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, we can find the date of the February 16, 2017. After a quick search, we already have two discrepancies.

Let’s also not forget that Apple had to work on this patent long before it was announced – a perfect example of this is the situation in recent weeks when the trademark was filed for realityOS i.e. the operating system on which the augmented and virtual reality headsets must operate from a Californian company. It is therefore difficult to believe that Apple would not protect itself in this patent – although in this situation it seems that SmartWatch MobileConcepts LLC was the second. While judgment is up to the court, it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which the company with a bitten apple in the logo loses.

This isn’t the first time Apple has gone to court.

Apple is already quite experienced in court hearings – in the past the company has sued CalTech over Wi-Fi technology (Apple won) or WiLAN over the LTE wireless standard in iPhones 6 and 7 (the lawsuit is ongoing). SmartWatch MobileConcepts LLC is therefore not the first – and certainly not the last – company to sue the Cupertino giant.

Besides the lawsuit – Apple Watch will get another health feature

Getting away from the subject of the lawsuit – this year’s WWDC confirmed that the subject of user health is becoming increasingly important for Apple Watch. Today is another pivotal moment in that regard, as the FDA approved Apple’s ability to track Parkinson’s disease symptoms and monitor patients, patented by Rune Lab.

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The software is designed to address common symptoms of the disease, such as tremors, involuntary or slow movements, stiffness and poor balance. Series 4 watches, launched in 2018, have the function of detecting the user’s falls. Rune Lab’s solution is the first designed for commercial applications. The idea is to track the patient’s condition for a specified period of time and share this data with doctors and medical specialists.

Well, Apple’s progress in health functions is a very good initiative, and it remains to be overcome so that it is as advanced as possible. As for the trial – the whole thing is quite confusing, although it will probably have to wait for the final verdict – court hearings like to stretch out over many years.

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