Key aspects of Apple’s so-called “rubber banding” patent related to scrolling in iOS were recently validated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, marking a major victory for Apple in its ongoing patent dispute against Samsung. According to Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, the Cupertino California company recently informed U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh that the USPTO will issue a reexamination certificate confirming four key claims of the patent in question. The certificate will validate significant portions of U.S. Patent No. 7,469,381.
Among the confirmed portions includes “claim 19,” which Apple successfully leveraged against a number of Samsung products in the two companies’ high profile California trial last year. In that case, the jury sided with Apple and found that Samsung had infringed on its patented inventions. According to Mueller:
As a result of this new reexamination certificate, claim 19 will enjoy an enhanced presumption of validity against the invalidity theories the patent office evaluated. Instead of invalidation in mid-2017 or later, this patent has now been confirmed in mid-2013.
Source: FOSS Patents