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USPTO validates important aspects of Apple 'rubber-banding' patent

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bobolicious

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    ...perhaps macnn might be improved by having a separate legal news site, for all those interested in the behind the scenes 'news'...?

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    It's true we have guaranteed another four years (at least) of material ... :)

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    How about MaCourtista?

  1. Mike Wuerthele

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    That's an interesting question, though. Court cases. How much attention to regular site readers pay to the articles devoted to them? The whole case? Just the verdict?

    There's actually a lot of material in between the start and finish we don't cover.

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