updated 04:42 pm EDT, Thu June 13, 2013
Should provide ammunition in cases against Samsung
Apple has told US District Judge Lucy Koh that the US Patent and Trademark Office is issuing a reexamination certificate, confirming four primary claims in the company's so-called "rubber-banding" patent, according to FOSS Patents. The patent describes the way iOS reacts whenever a user hits the bottom of a scrollable element. The USPTO once tentatively rejected claims in the patent, but Apple urged a court overseeing one of the company's lawsuits against Samsung to wait. Claim 19 in the patent helped Apple successfully sue Samsung for patent infringement last year.
It's believed that the certificate could give Apple an advantage when dealing with other patents it's asserting against Samsung. In the US, Apple is still dealing the aftermath of the 2012 lawsuit, an ongoing second, and a complaint at the International Trade Commission.