U.S. Patent Invalidates Apple’s “Rubber-Banding” Patent Used Against Samsung

Posted Oct 23, 2012

According to a court filing from Samsung, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) tentatively invalidated Apple’s bounce scroll “rubber-banding” patent.  This puts the jury decision regarding the Apple-Samsung case at risk.  The USPTO invalidated all claims of Apple’s U.S. Patent number 7,469,381 including two rejections on claim 19 which was asserted against Samsung in the California trial.

That patent is titled “List scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display.”  Here are some of the details from the USPTO’s examination:


The following rejections are utilized by the Examiner below, referencing the proposed prior art listed on pages 23-85 of the Request:

Rejection A: Claims 1-6, 8-12, 16, 19, and 20 as being anticipated by Lira

Rejection B: Claims 7 and 13-15 as being obvious over Lira

Rejection D: Claims 1-5, 7-13, and 15-20 as being anticipated by Ording

Samsung said that Judge Lucy Koh that the USPTO published the finding on their website as of October 22 following an ex parte examination of the patent.