Key Claim of Apple's 'Rubber Banding' Patent Used Against Samsung Confirmed

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's "rubber banding" patent (U.S. No. 7,469,381) has been under heavy scrutiny in recent months, with a number of claims found invalid in two different rulings.

    The patent, which pertains to the ability for content displayed on iOS devices to "bounce back" when a user scrolls to the top or the bottom of a page, is significant because it is one that was successfully used by Apple against Samsung in the ongoing legal dispute that saw Apple awarded with more than a billion dollars.

    According to FOSS Patents, Apple has scored a major victory in regards to the '381 patent, having just received notice that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will issue a reexamination certificate that confirms the formerly invalidated claim 19, which was the portion of the patent used against Samsung. In April, three other claims were also confirmed.

    Samsung has, at multiple points in time, attempted to have the rubber banding patent declared invalid and has also attempted to use the question of the patent's validity as a reason to delay the November trial that will redetermine a portion of the damages that Samsung must pay to Apple after the original $1 billion ruling was partially thrown out due to jury error.

    With the new reexamination certificate, it is unlikely that Samsung will be able to delay or avoid the November trial that will levy additional damages against the company.

    Article Link: Key Claim of Apple's 'Rubber Banding' Patent Used Against Samsung Confirmed
  2. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
    So much fighting over such a glitter based attribute of iOS...
  3. york2600 macrumors regular


    Jul 24, 2002
    Portland, OR
    Germany has it right with software patents. I don't have a lot of hope for the US, but maybe someday we'll see the light and realize these patents kill innovation instead of protecting it.
  4. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
  5. street.cory macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2009
    I think this is fairly justifiable. I'm not really a fan of all of these lawsuits but if you've patented a user interface that has been received well by your users, I can see why they would not want someone blatantly copying any aspect of it. Especially while there are other ways you can implement the same type of feature.
  6. jfx94 macrumors regular

    May 22, 2013
    where ever I am at.
    I find it exhausting to keep up with all the details of each trial. I'd much rather learn about new hardware and software details.

    Then again, after a big event like WWDC there will probably be a lull in rumors and more of this stuff will be on the front page.
  7. chumawumba macrumors 6502


    Aug 9, 2012
    Ask the NSA
  8. BlueParadox, Jun 13, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2013

    BlueParadox macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Do what is done in medicine - issue a patent for 20 years, after which it's patent free. Period. Gives companies such as Apple and Google an incentive to create such things as 'rubber banding' or 'pinch to zoom', make some money or trade patents with each other, then it belongs to everyone. Perhaps even shorten the time (?).

    Do something like this, because the software patent system desperately needs an overhaul, here, there & everywhere.
  9. lolkthxbai macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2011
  10. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
  11. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    I cannot stand this stuff.

    Why in the world is this patented?

    Apple killing innovation, one patent at a time.
  12. FloatingBones, Jun 13, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2013

    FloatingBones macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    One of the most important behaviors of the UI

    IMHO, the rubber-banding was one of the most important behaviors of the iOS UI. The behavior shows something fundamental to our biology -- all parts have a viscoelastic behavior with each other. You can see this behavior if you pull on your earlobe; you can see the same behavior if you squeeze on your earlobe. Such nonlinear behaviors are intuitively obvious in the physical world; they make a huge amount of behavior to use for mobile devices (and, now, in OS X). See my follow-up message for info about the science and liberal arts behind Apple's design.
  13. Elvergun macrumors 6502


    Aug 1, 2011
    I wonder how many S4s Samsung is going to have to sell in order to pay Apple.

    Good thing Samsung is selling so many units.
  14. nutjob macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2010
  15. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    I assume if there is any way possible Samsung can appeal this they will. And on and on it will go. Seems to me that as long as they don't steal the actual code they can simulate the idea. But I'm no attorney...
  16. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

    May 8, 2007
  17. TimeSquareDesi macrumors 6502


    Apr 25, 2013
    I'm totes New Yorkian
    If you were the person / entity that created the rubber-banding effect, I am sure you would do what you can in your power to prevent your competitors from ripping it off... no?

    If not, your company wouldn't last a minute in today's world. Patents are not killing innovation. Instead of copying Apple, Samsung could have come up with something comparable for their own devices. That's lack of innovation on Samsung's part - not related to patents whatsoever, IMO.

    All of these "small things" that Apple has patented is what makes their phones and user interface so great. They have a right to protect what their hard work (and R&D dollars) created.
  18. isepic macrumors member

    May 10, 2008
    this is one of the things that made the iPhone easy to use

    this really is, one of the many things Apple did to make the iphone in 2007 easier to use for humans; one of the many things Samsung, er Google knew was patented and copied anyway. All the babble about how in the hell can someone patent this or that, well they did, and so do many many many other companies. Its an implementation method, that, by the way, worked, and worked very well.

    Anyway, believe what you want, but I personally think this is one of the major things apple worked out in that first touch screen UI of a mobile phone OS that was a pivoting factor of intuitive design that help propel it to the success that not only Apple, but all the others are enjoying now.
  19. Mike Valmike macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2012
    Chandler, Arizona
    If it's so not an innovation, why didn't anyone else think of it first, and if it's an innovation without value, why did Samsung copy it as soon as Apple did it?

    Not asking you about what Apple copied, or who is good and who is bad, or what company is better. Just very simply, answer the questions above.

    It's innovation and Apple has a right to protect it and profit off it for a specified period of time. After that, patents fall off and it belongs to the ages. This mechanism isn't nearly as broken these days as copyright, which can currently be extended into perpetuity.
  20. identity macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2011
    Yeah, I mean, iOS7 didn't even copy Android and Windows 8 at all.
  21. johnnyinternets macrumors member


    Jul 31, 2010
    You know you don't do yourself, nor Apple any favors with comments like that. Just saying...
  22. TimeSquareDesi macrumors 6502


    Apr 25, 2013
    I'm totes New Yorkian
    Good point but we will wait for the impending lawsuits (and settlements) to decide if the court thinks that happened. Visuals are one thing but there needs to be proof.
  23. AppleVsAndroid macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2012
    Looks like you are from UK. Let him express his feeling here on US message boards :D
  24. street.cory macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2009
    Sorry, I fail to see why you're responding to me. Look at my post again and you'll see that I said wasn't Pro-Apple/Google/Microsoft but was in favor of each companies right to protect their patents.

    And if iOS7 infringed patents of Android and Windows 8, they have a right to bring it up in court.

    One can cherry-pick examples of each desktop OS and mobile OS taking UI designs and features from each other until they're blue in the face, but does it really matter? What matters is when something that is supposed to be legally protected that is then stolen, copied, or borrowed. There should be some repercussions for those actions.
  25. ssspinball macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    Do you even know what a patent is?

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