Apple scored another win in its worldwide legal battle with Samsung today in Japan, where a Tokyo court ruled that the South Korean tech giant infringed on Apple’s famous “rubber band” patent in the UI of some of its older smartphones.
The rubber band patent (US patent #7,469,381) refers to the way the screen bounces back on iOS when you scroll past the end of a webpage or app. Apple claims the rights to the animation, and has accused Samsung of copying it in many of the South Korean company’s earlier Android devices. Oddly, though, scroll to refresh is used in dozens of applications now and Apple hasn’t targeted them, from what we know.
The Cupertino-based company’s most recent legal victory followed good news from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which announced it would reexamine four of Apple’s claims regarding the rubber-band patent. The news followed reports that Samsung had filed a statement claiming the USPTO actually rejected claim 19 of Apple’s rubber band patent, which played a key role in the highly-publicized California trial between the two companies last summer.