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No word on what they said about Apple's "rounded edges" design patent

It's all over again.  Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) has been smacked by a top federal court for violating Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) patent on a bounce animation, according to a report by Reuters.

The "bounce" patent, also known as the "rubber band" patent, has long haunted Samsung.  In the U.S. that patent was used by Apple to slam Samsung with a bombshell $1.05B USD jury verdict and bans on certain products.  

But the win started to unravel with the preliminary invalidation of Apple's bounce patent -- U.S. Patent No. 7,469,381 -- one of three "technology" patents asserted in the case (the pinch to zoom patent has also been since invalidated).  The invalidation did find some individual claims in the bounce patent valid, which Apple is trying to leverage to preserve the patent in some form.

But the U.S. invalidation offered no protection to Samsung in Japan, where Apple holds an identical patent on the animation.  A Tokyo court on Friday ruled that Samsung had infringed on Apple's technology patents, including the infamous bounce patent.

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Samsung lost a ruling in Tokyo court this week. [Image Source: Bloomberg]

Samsung has already tried to counter by implementing a new user interface feature in Japan.  When a users scrolls to the end of the document, rather than scroll slightly past and bounce, instead a blue bar now flashes on the bottom of the screen.  That may save Samsung's current handsets from bans in Japan.

Previously the Tokyo court circuit had largely refused to buy into Apple and Samsung's patent spat.  Back in Aug. 2012, it shot down Apple's accusations that Samsung infringed on patents pertaining to the syncing of music metadata.  Then in March of this year the court ruled that Apple did not infringe on Samsung's wireless standards patents.  

Apple first sued Samsung in Japan back in April 2011.  Currently Apple is in second place in the Japanese market, while Samsung is several spots back [source].

Source: Reuters



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RE: Wow
By BRB29 on 6/21/2013 3:40:09 PM , Rating: 0
No. If you want to discuss about Asians. Koreans are generally the most arrogant. They always try to be as "white" as possible. Eye lid surgeries are very common for Koreans. K pop is nothing more than American pop in Korean. They usually will talk down and screw over other Asians for no reasons besides being "racist" against other asians.
Now with the emergence of Chinese in the global economic power, it's like a constant freaking Asian subliminal fight.


RE: Wow
By ritualm on 6/21/2013 4:02:47 PM , Rating: 1
South Koreans have an "inferiority complex" when it comes to its perceived regional standing amongst its peers in Southeast Asia.

However, I don't think for a second that this court decision has anything to do with nationalism. They are all about patents and interpretation of said patents. The so-called "hometown advantage" never works, as both sides found out the hard way.


RE: Wow
By icedeocampo on 6/23/2013 10:23:41 AM , Rating: 2
oh... when did Korea move to South East Asia?


RE: Wow
By retrospooty on 6/23/2013 11:13:45 AM , Rating: 3
Somewhere between the early 1960's and early 2000's. It's location changed gradually as the US education system slid downward. The truth is, we don't even know here it wound up.


RE: Wow
By Reclaimer77 on 6/23/13, Rating: 0
RE: Wow
By retrospooty on 6/23/2013 8:47:27 PM , Rating: 2
He too must be looking for Korea. I am guessing it winds up in Australia somewhere. ;)


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