USPTO Final Office Action in Samsung v. Apple
Sources: Samsung [Scribd via CNET], CNET
quote: While current precedent in the U.S. patent system forbids patents on laws of nature, Apple nonetheless appeared to score a very broad patent covering all transient-response style smartphone animations. Perceived as a stretch-and-bounce, these UI animations mirror the mechanical response in real-world objects like springs.
quote: Apple's sole remaining hope to save the patent is to appeal the decision to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), a panel that reviews the office's patent decisions. This is somewhat of a long-shot. While First Office Actions are sometimes rolled back, its rarer to see a Final Office Action reversed.
quote: Jason, are you trying to say that a spring is a law of nature? I thought not.
quote: Similarly, are you saying that if a specific implementation of a spring is a claim in an overall system patent, that the patent must be disallowed? I thought not.