Earlier this week the United States Patent Trademark Office issued a patent granting Apple to the familiar Slide to Unlock gesture. Thursday Premier Wu Den-yih initiated an investigation on the possible impact Apple’s latest patent win could have on local Taiwanese companies.
Wu indicated that he is very concerned about the possible adverse effects of Apple’s latest patent victory on Taiwanese companies, particularly those in the smartphone and tablet sectors.
Wu directed the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) to look into the matter. Creating patent pools to spur innovation as well as protect Taiwanese industry is in fact one of the key roles of ITRI, so a request from Wu is not unprecedented.
Regarding the patent itself, globally other courts have not come to the same verdict as the US as a Dutch court ruled that the slide to unlock patent was invalid because of the Neonode N1m. Way back in May 2004 this handset was released and caught on video showcasing the Slide to Unlock feature that existed before the .
Via Taiwan Focus