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Samsung infringed Apple's 'bounce-back' patent, Tokyo court rules

Korean firm unlikely to be bothered
Fri Jun 21 2013, 10:39
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KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung has been found to have infringed Apple's 'bounce-back' patent, a Japanese court ruled on Thursday.

In response to a complaint from Apple, a Tokyo court ruled that Samsung had infringed its rival's 'rubber band' patent, a patent relating the the 'bounce-back' effect on the iPhone and iPad that makes icons quiver when a user scrolls to the end of an document, Reuters reports.

However, Samsung no longer uses the feature on its latest smartphones and the firm has already issued a software update to get rid of the feature, so Apple's latest court victory is unlikely to harm its rival much, if at all.

Even so, this is a surprising victory for Apple. In October the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) ruled that Apple's bounce-back patent was invalid, ruling that patents relating to software scrolling lack "novelty".

However, reports dating back to early June claim that the USPTO has told Apple that it will reexamine Apple's 'rubber band' patent to see whether it is actually invalid. This could affect Apple's $1bn victory against Samsung, which has since been reduced by $450m, as the 'bounce-back' patent was one of Apple's claims that were rejected.

This news comes just hours after it was revealed that the Federal Trade Commission will crack down on software patent trolls. This follows a plea from US Congress members, who complained that they slow down innovation and extract money from other, more productive companies. µ

 

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