Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
And since THIS is all people seem to quote or care about and I've already expressed I understand your point now, I'll post this AGAIN to see if I can have some light shed.
Idea: means by which to lock the device
Implementation: slide to unlock
cause, what a human does, or some other occurence, external to the device/invention, such as an atom undergoing alpha decay, or a cat going "meow"
implementation, what the device, the invention, does in response to the cause, i.e. how cause is acted upon to bring about 'effect'
effect, the result of the implementation acting upon the cause
cause: finger makes sliding motion across screen
implementation: touchscreen, some electronics, etc. embodied in a phone
effect: phone locks/unlocks
you cannot patent the cause, nor the effect, only the implementation, assuming it is non-trivial and not copying a prior implementation
allowing causes to be patented would be really bad for all of us:
i)it means you would allow patenting the actions of a human, that's inherently objectionable
ii)it means every device would have to have it's own, unique, way in which humans interacted with it, because the most trivial of causes would be patented, otherwise innovation would stagnate in the quagmire of cross licensing and endless litigation
iii) we would end up with bad products, with terrible interfaces, at high prices due to the swarms of lawyers and patent trolls each raking off their cut
allowing 'slide to unlock' to be patented, is no different to allowing "say 'dial' to dial a number" to be patented, do we really allow such a thing? would it benefit the consumer? would it encourage/reward innovation? no, no, no
developing efficient, reliable ways, to recognize the word "open" and act upon it, is implementation, is creative, and rightly patentable
the use of the word "open" to trigger the effect "open", is not implementation, is not creative, and is not patentable
equally, the use of the motion "slide" to trigger the effect "open", is not implementation, is not creative, and is not patentable