Apple Wins Rubber Band Patent Against Samsung

samsung-appleApple scored yet another win in its worldwide legal fight with Samsung in Japan, where a Tokyo court ruled that Samsung infringed on Apple’s famous “rubber band” patent in the UI of some of its older smartphones.

Apple claims the rights to the animation, and has accused Samsung of copying it in many of the South Korean company’s earlier Android products. Surprisingly, though, scroll to refresh is used in lots of apps now and Apple hasn’t targeted them.

The Cupertino-based company’s latest legal success followed great news from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which declared it’d reexamine 4 of Apple’s claims regarding the rubber-band patent.

The news followed reports that Samsung had registered a statement saying the USPTO actually turned down claim 19 of Apple’s rubber band patent, which performed a vital part in the highly-publicized California trial between the 2 firms last summer.

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