Apple is sued for using swipe gestures on iOS; company wins feature on music royalties

QuickPath no iPhone

Another day, another process. In the most recent imbroglios of Apple, we’ll see that the company was sued for deploying gestures that require sliding your finger across the screen – like “Slide to unlock” and QuickPath.

On the other hand, the company won an appeal in Canada over a 2017 lawsuit in which it was accused of not paying royalties of songs included in iTunes – even if they haven’t been downloaded yet.

IOS gesture process

A Swedish company called Neonode filed a lawsuit against Apple, more specifically against resources like the QuickPath (on which you can slide your fingers on the digital keyboard to type). The complaint, filed in the Texas District Court (in the United States), suggests that these gestures directly violate some Neonode patents.

The inventions in question, under the records 8,095,879 and 8,812,993, cover interactions based on gestures and icons activated by touch on touchscreen devices.

The patents were granted to Neonode in early 2012, although the company claims that it first applied for it about ten years earlier. In addition, the company claims that it has commercialized touchscreen mobile devices in Europe, such as the Neonode N1, N1m and N2.

At the same time, Apple sued Android device makers, such as Samsung, for allegedly violating its own “Slide to unlock” patent. Neonode’s (allegedly) patent was used by Samsung as a defense against Apple’s lawsuit, which in turn had the invention overturned. Now, years later, it has surfaced.

According to Neonode, the allegedly infringed patent covers a range of Apple devices, such as iPhones, iPads and even Apple Watches. The company also says that Apple has been aware of the infringement since 2012, but that nothing has been done.

For all these reasons, the Swedish company demands a jury trial and compensation for the violation, as well as a permanent injunction on the use of the technology.

Appeal on royalties of songs

THE Canada Federal Court of Appeal delivered the verdict on a 2017 lawsuit between Apple and the Canadian Songwriters, Authors and Editors Society (SOCAN), in addition to other companies.

For plaintiffs, the Apple should start paying royalties once the compositions were released on the iTunes Store. According to the Canadian court’s decision, however, composers are not entitled to payment of royalties when the song is first published, only after the download or transmission.

The decision was based, in part, on the definition of “communication” of a musical work, which the Supreme Court of Canada used to refer to the streaming or downloading a song, but not the act of publishing it online.

The SOCAN legal director told the The Canadian Press that the decision places Canada «far behind other jurisdictions in terms of compensating copyright owners for the use of their music».

via AppleInsider, Patently Apple