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Japanese court rules Samsung infringed Apple 'rubber-banding' patent

updated 09:42 am EDT, Fri June 21, 2013

Final ruling to be issued later today

A court in Tokyo has ruled that several older Samsung smartphones violate an Apple "rubber-banding" patent, Reuters reports. The patent describes the way an iOS window bounces once a person has reached the end of a scrolling page. Samsung has sidestepped the patent with recent devices, changing its implementation of Android to only show a blue line at the end of a page, but the company could still potentially face damage payments and product injunctions. The court is expected to provide more details when it hands down a final ruling later today.

The rubber-banding patent has been critical in the Apple v. Samsung lawsuits taking place around the world. The US Patent and Trademark Office issued a preliminary invalidation of the patent in April, but just last week validated key claims, keeping the patent alive as a legal weapon.

by MacNN Staff



  1. coffeetime

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    Joined: 11-15-06

    Not surprising. Korean is their competitor in world trade. Japan prefers to side with the others.

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: 01-25-07

    So, no merit? Is that what you're saying? Nothing can be said about the validity of said patent, infringement and ruling because Japan and Korea are business competitors?

    It's not surprising because it was a direct rip off of a patented technique. Period.

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: 01-25-07

    As much as one might want to dismiss other countries' judicial systems to merely snarky self serving shams, it really does pay to keep an open mind and evaluate the actual facts. It's just as easy to point at our own system and make the same negative observations. Maybe more so...

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