Tokyo court rules Samsung infringed on Apple’s ‘rubber-banding’ patent



In a ruling opposite of that coming from the US Patent and Trademark Office in April, a Tokyo court has decided in favor of Apple after claims that Samsung infringed on their “rubber-banding” patent. While a US judge ruled that the patent, which covers the bounce-back effect in iOS that is triggered when a user scrolls to the end of a document, was invalid, Samsung was found guilty of infringement in the Japanese court.

The suit is one of several between Apple and Samsung spanning 10 countries, many targeting the same patents in different regions with varying degrees of success. Differing rulings by region are just another example of a highly flawed software patent system .

While the latest ruling will likely result in injunctions on the sale of older Samsung devices, newer models have already done away with the Apple-like rubber-banding effect, leaving them safe from any legal ramifications (for now). A much bigger case between the two parties set to take place in the US looms for 2014.

[via Reuters]

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  1. This is some more Bulls##t.Apple just die die die.

  2. Wow I thought Us courts were the only stupid ones. Proven wrong again.

  3. Apple taking Samsung to court over a line , shocking.

  4. Really…..the Miami Heat won

  5. Why would you use that idiotic picture created by Apple that misrepresents the Samsung device?

    1. Because it’s written by Kevin. No matter how many times we tell him not to use a picture of the app drawer vs the home screen, he still does it.

    2. If it is a real screenshot, it’s not Touchwiz, it’s a third-party launcher.

  6. You would think they would have stopped all this by now, especially considering ios7 just screams “look what we borrowed/stole from Android”

    1. Well since the very beginning android stole from apple… So why not let android do a bit of work

    2. You’re just mad Apple completely owned google yet again.

      1. Lol your trolling won’t work here boy ;)

  7. Apple SUCKS

  8. Oh, look what Kevin dragged in.

    1. he needs to stay over at isource.

  9. Phandroid listen to your readers, keep you itroll off this site


  11. I think I am going back to “2 cans and a string” to make my calls. But then Apple will say they invented that and sue me for it.

    1. As long as the string doesn’t have an elastic effect you should be ok

  12. And yet, the last reveal with Apple was full to the rim of stuff that they copied off of other operating systems… and the all important, and absolutely necessary rubber banding effect is what Apple is concerned about?

  13. dang pervs

  14. T.I. should sue them both. After all, isn’t he the Rubberband man?

  15. Thanks for using that bs picture again. U make me want to die.

  16. Butthurt samsung is mad. samsung should stop copying Apple.

  17. Apple needs to figure out who it is they’re supposed to sue. Isn’t this a feature of the Android OS? What does Samsung have to do with the operating system?

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