Apple's Bounce Scroll patent is now invalid in the U.S.

Apple's Bounce Scroll patent is now invalid in the U.S.
It seems Apple will no longer be able to use the so called "Bounce Scroll", or "rubber banding" patent to attack its competitors, as the US Patent Office has decided to invalidate its patent. Apparently, Samsung has managed to prove its point in front of the USPTO by seeking out some intriguing prior art, involving a "controlling content display" by AOL/Luigi Lira from 2003 and a "continuous scrolling list with acceleration".

This is a most interesting turn of events, since Apple used this patent during its trial against Samsung earlier this year. The verdict of the trial said that Samsung has to pay $1.05 billion to Apple due to patent infringements, but with this new discovery, things might take an unexpected turn once again.

Still, the "Bounce Scroll" patent has been "tentatively" invalidated, which should mean that the outcome of this legal battle is still up in the air.

source: Foss Patents via Gizmodo

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55 Comments

1. PowTheBowl

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Even a "bounce scroll" was a patent? I didn't know that! Nonsense patent.

4. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

The judge told Apple to bounce the f*ck up outta here on that one. hehehe. Now bounce!

20. MeoCao unregistered

I think the USPTO should carefully review every Apple utility patent as most of them are not their inventions but stolen ideas, just like this one.

47. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

is not their job to investigate inventions, they care about patents 2 different things

49. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I know, right? Patents are supposed to protect ideas. Not original ideas, but any idea. It could be stolen, even. However the idea came about, it's irrelevant. For this reason, I have taken out a loan, hired a legion of lawyers, and am currently working through the paperwork to file a patent on "a method of acquiring oxygen through organic tubing" and "a process for reacting carbohydrates with oxygen to produce energy." Patents aren't inventions. They're just _about_ inventions. It's radically different.

32. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

LMAO!!! Can somebody spell Apple Got Screwed! Oh wait I just did :)

44. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

this news made my day. keep it up Sammy. invalidate all the stupid patents and apple is screwed.

53. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

you know everything in apple is patented.. $ baby

5. No_Nonsense unregistered

You have used more than half of my screen name. I'll sue you.

16. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

22. No_Nonsense unregistered

LMAO.

37. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Great Humour after many days!! Rotten Apple has become the base of Tech. joKes!!

7. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Weird that You really didn't that? It was an iconic apple patent..Apple felt proud of this!!

33. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Yes they did!!, it was their best theft yet (after the Xerox stealing and the Cisco's Iphone name)

19. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Yeeeeeeaaaaaahhhh! Start knocking all of apple's down, USPTO, and start redeeming yourself!

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

This is getting crazy now. I just hope Apple doesn't try to patent air because then we are all screwed. I mean these patent people will literally grant any patent. +1

40. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sammy may have an additional strategy to mitigate Apple's 'judgement' - invalidate Apple's patents at the USPTO. If the patents are no longer valid, they can't be enforced.... Not a good day for Timmy and company.

2. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

Good news indeed

3. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yay! I want it on my Android phone. I don't really like that blue glow thing. It is sometimes hard to see and it doesn't show up in some apps.

6. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

lol. mf's had it coming. something so meaningless shouldn't be patented. luckily us proves that it has common sense left

54. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

To be honest, they coulda kept the patent. But for them to think ppl choose a Samsung phone over an iPhone because of that, and it cost Apple 1 billion...is insane.

8. mrbtree98

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 04, 2012

it's about time that this got thrown out and squashed. but as always apple will appeal. hope they lose though because i hate the blue light when you reach the bottom of the page as i really like having that over scroll because i go nuts with it for sh*ts and giggles

9. luckysrinu

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

patent wars bouncing back to apple

10. Ueliton

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Nobody has received thumbs down yet... NO FANBOYS!!!

17. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

the irony!

55. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

someone took the time to thumb all of us down. talk about loyalty

11. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

s**t... Now pray that apple will not take this to court.

23. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

They already did, and Samsung lost to this patent

12. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

And convince an ijury to put it back.

13. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

The office finally realized how stupid some of the patents they gave out are. Let's take away everyone's patents, so all the companies can play nice :D and make awesome phones for all of us!!!!

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