Apple patent possibly 'invalid'

2012-10-24 08:26

San Francisco - Samsung's high-stakes legal battle with Apple was bolstered by word that the US Patent and Trademark Office was second-guessing a patent at issue in the case.

Officials re-examined an Apple patent for an effect that makes a smartphone screen appear to "bounce" when an edge is tugged by a finger and tentatively concluded it should be invalidated because it was not new, intellectual property analyst Florian Mueller reported at

"Apple's rubber-banding (overscroll-bounce) patent is still going to go through a lengthy process before it may or may not be invalidated," Mueller said in a blog post.

The tentative decision by the patent office could be used by Samsung to petition US District Court Judge Lucy Koh to override part of a jury verdict that called for the South Korean company to pay Apple $1.05bn in damages.

The patent was one of a half-dozen at the heart of a massive clash between the US and South Korean electronics giants in federal court in California.

Apple is seeking to ban various Samsung phones and tablets on the basis of that verdict in Koh's courtroom.

  • ernst.f.dewaal - 2012-10-24 09:16

    Seems Apple is feeling the heat from competitors, it's about time someone brings down the giant that gives people what they think they want. next in line should be microsoft.

      foodfor.thought.73 - 2012-10-24 09:19

      and you are using a typewriter yes?

      gruffi7 - 2012-10-24 10:06

      I think 'bring them in line' wold be better that 'bring them down'. They did revolutionize many things for us, so don't throw them out with the old water. I just feel that the have become too arrogant and they are robbing their users. As for Microsoft: the whole company was started by stealing from a friend. I wouldn't mind them going down, but we would be lost unfortunately until someone comes up with an similar but better Windows that we can use.

      merven.halo - 2012-10-24 15:49

      The judge said that Samsung products wasn't cool enough to have stolen Apples concepts. I would say, Apple isn't cool enough, the iPad is not a patch on this Galaxy Note 10.1.

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-24 09:21

    Apple is a useless excuse for a technology company.

      Billy - 2012-10-24 14:48

      all just a hype, its funny how people approach apple. if a person takes his laptop to a tech desk, he says; the laptop broke. if a person takes his ibook to a tech desk, he says; i broke it somehow.

  • nkemeleng.mosia - 2012-10-24 11:18

    Its embarrasisng for Samsum to be dragged to court because they lack innovation...must they really copy Apple???

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-24 12:45

      Nkelemeleng, if you pull your head out of your beehind you will notice that the article is about Apple not innovating and stealing other peoples' ideas. Apart from that, Samsung also has lawsuits going against Apple for stealing their ideas (e.g. LTE technology). Quite embarrassing for "the worlds most valuable company", don't you think? So your point is?

      dewalds3 - 2012-10-24 13:34

      Did Eve not eat an Apple and then all hell broke loose?

      ymoolla - 2012-10-24 14:02

      Ostrich... Apple bought the idea of an iPod from some guy ... Apple bought the worlds most innovative Operating System from another company to implement in their phones ... Apple's Siri was also an app that was developed by some indian guy who they then bought it from and used their "muscle" to "beef" it up I am an Apple fan - but I do realize they dont have vision, especially not any more ... RIP Steve Jobs. And how is it so wrong for one company to look at their competitions product and try to improve on it? The S3 looks and feels nothing like an iPhone. Just my 2 cents :)

      merven.halo - 2012-10-24 15:46

      @ymoolla The magic word here is 'bought' If Apple bought the products from other companies they rightfully owe the patents also. What is the use of buying something if you don't get all the benefits of it?

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