It appears Apple has received good news from the US Patent and Trademark Office regarding its much-publicized rubber-band patent (US patent #7,469,381): the organization has shared that it will issue a reexamination certificate to confirm four of Apple’s claims, FOSS Patents reports.
As we’ve previously detailed, the rubber-banding patent refers to the bouncing animation that takes place when a user scrolls past the end of a page. It’s a neat trick that helps make an interface feel more intuitive, but many have argued that it shouldn’t have been patentable in the first place.
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Apple shared its victory with Judge Lucy Koh today, and revealed that claim 19 is among those tentatively confirmed — a claim which played a major role in Apple’s massive trial against rival Samsung.
As shown below, claims 14, 17 and 18 were also confirmed.
Samsung has worked diligently to invalidate Apple’s $1 billion win, and today’s news deals a major blow to the South Korean smartphone maker. With claim 19 in its back pocket, this could be Apple’s turning point.
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