Apple patent wielded against Samsung possibly invalid
Samsung's high-stakes legal battle with Apple was bolstered Tuesday by word that the US Patent and Trademark Office was second-guessing a patent at issue in the case.
Officials re-examined an Apple patent for an effect that makes a smartphone screen appear to "bounce" when an edge is tugged by a finger and tentatively concluded it should be invalidated because it was not new, intellectual property analyst Florian Mueller reported at FossPatents.com.
"Apple's rubber-banding (overscroll-bounce) patent is still going to go through a lengthy process before it may or may not be invalidated," Mueller said in a blog post.
The tentative decision by the patent office could be used by Samsung to petition US District Court Judge Lucy Koh to override part of a jury verdict that called for the South Korean company to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages.
The patent was one of a half-dozen at the heart of a massive clash between the US and South Korean electronics giants in federal court in California.
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