Despite winning numerous patent battles and injunctions against Android makers around the world, Apple has now lost its big case against HTC in the UK, with a high court judge ruling the swipe-to-unlock patent is too "obvious" a solution to be considered enforceable.
The UK Apple/HTC case saw Apple claiming HTC had infringed four of its patents, including the swipe unlocking system, the general idea of multi-touch operation, the inclusion of a multilingual keyboard and the "bounce" image gallery display technique when you reach the end of a scrolling list.
The judge in the case found that the first three patents were invalid for various reasons and the slide-to-unlock feature pre-dated Apple's claims on it anyway, while the fourth and final valid one regarding the bouncing gallery scroll effect hadn't actually been used by HTC at all.
So it was a total wipeout for Apple's legal case against HTC in the UK, with HTC saying: "We remain disappointed that Apple continues to favour competition in the courtroom over competition in the marketplace." [BBC]