updated 09:34 am EDT, Fri August 23, 2013
Will leave many ruled damages intact
US District Court judge Lucy Koh has issued a ruling denying Samsung a new trial related to Apple's "rubber-banding" interface patent. Apple once accused over 20 phones and two tablets of violating the patent. During the companies' 2012 US trial, the jury ruled that 18 of the devices were in violation, but last March Koh reduced the initial $1.05 billion trial verdict by $450.5 million, on the basis that the jury had miscalculated. A partial retrial has been ordered for November, but now the rubber-banding patent won't be involved.
The patent describes the way iOS windows "bounce" whenever users hit the end of a scrolling page. While Samsung has long since changed its implementation of Android to eliminate rubber-banding pages, the patent is just one of many Apple has used to pursue companies making Android devices. Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs once called the platform "stolen," and promised to go to "thermonuclear war" to protect Apple's interests.