USPTO declares Apple’s rubber banding patent invalid

apple small - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereThe United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has tentatively invalidated Apple’s “rubber banding” patent, which describes the function in a smartphone that makes a list bounce back when attempting to scroll past the end of it. This animation is something that Samsung has long included in its Android smartphones and was a point of contention in the recent Apple/Samsung debacle. In fact, this potential reversal could have huge ramifications for the $1 billion Samsung was scheduled to pay Apple after the recent ruling in favor of Apple.

The ball is now in Apple’s court to prove that this functionality wasn’t already present in other products before the patent was granted. Good luck with that, Apple.

I just hope that this is a sign of things to come – perhaps a bit more rationale in the US patent office. Maybe it will start looking at other bogus patents, such as one-click shopping (I’m looking at you, Amazon) and rounded edges (Apple … sigh). These patent lawsuits have only worked to stifle innovation, in spite of the fact that the original purpose of the patent was to promote innovation. It will be interesting to see what, if anything else, comes out of this.

[EngadgetThanks, Adam!



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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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7 thoughts on “USPTO declares Apple’s rubber banding patent invalid

  • Avatar of D. Stroya

    I also hope this is the begging of some sanity in the USPTO. I’m a android fan so I’m obviously happy about Apple having been put in this position, but realistically all of the players in the mobile game should have to do similar processes with some of their patents. Here’s hoping.

  • People who come up with unique ideas should be able to protect them, but we should draw a line for some that are just so simple.

    • Avatar of hisuwh

      Yh totally agree. Ideas need to be protected.
      But rounded corners? Are apple gonna sue all the car manufacturers for their wheels? Some things are too far

  • Avatar of tray Rolin

    glad there is finally some justice in the patent system

  • Avatar of Doug Culp

    Apple, it’s time for an EOL on stupidity.

  • Avatar of danindenver

    Don’t understand why so many people love a company that generates so much hatred.

  • Avatar of Shawn

    Good. Hope “slide to unlock” is next. Already existed before the iPhone came out.


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