Tokyo Court Rules Samsung "Stole" Apple's Bounce Patent Despite U.S. Invalidation
June 21, 2013 2:24 PM
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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. (
) has been smacked by a top federal court for violating Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL)
patent on a bounce animation
, according to a report by
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
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.
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.
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 [
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RE: It's actually valid.
6/24/2013 5:12:51 AM
Having switched from an iphone to a Note 2, I do miss the bounceback quite a bit. Now everytime I scroll to the top or bottom I hate Apple more and more... And it's not like this feature (if you want to call this a "feature") is a selling point of any phone. Quite a pointless patent to sue over that only frustrates non-Apple users. How I would like Samsung to sue Apple over sliding to show notifications like on iOS7..
RE: It's actually valid.
6/24/2013 4:15:29 PM
So you simultaneously state that this feature doesn't matter to people and that it matters a lot to you.
Your experience of your device will determine whether you buy the next, and if Apple legitimately came up with something original and unique which improves your experience, why should anybody else be able to copy it?
Don't think Samsung created the notification centre. Nor did Android, for that matter - there's a whole plethora of prior art.
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