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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: It's actually valid.
By darkhawk1980 on 6/21/2013 4:49:50 PM , Rating: 3
If you actually read that carefully, their patent should really still not be a patent. It's quite humorous that the USPTO feels it should be....and it will go through this same cycle again in the near future with this exact same patent.

Not having a stop condition when the document edge comes back to the edge of the screen? Really? That's the whole reason the patent is valid over Luigi Lira's patent. That just screams to be violating Luigi's patent still, and it would be interesting to see Luigi sue Apple for infringing on his patent and simply adding a small stop condition.

Quite a stupid claim overall.


RE: It's actually valid.
By retrospooty on 6/21/2013 6:40:35 PM , Rating: 2
"Quite a stupid claim overall."

Not that its news to anyone, but the patent system is broken ;)

In legal terms, we have "innocent until proven guilty". With Patents, it gets a quick review and generally gets granted. It later goes through a more in depth review and can be overturned as happened with 16 of 20 per Jason's mention below. It's kind of like "Patented until proven invalid"... Retarded as it is.


RE: It's actually valid.
By Samus on 6/22/2013 12:44:17 AM , Rating: 5
This ruling makes me want to go stand in front of an Apple store with a bag of rubber bands to shoot at the windows.


RE: It's actually valid.
By Kiffberet on 6/25/2013 7:07:21 AM , Rating: 2
Apple haters - Start your hatin'!


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