USPTO previously revoked Apple's scrolling patent

    The US Patent Office previously invalidated the famous patent No. 7,469,381 , including part 19, which Apple successfully used against Samsung, Nokia and HTC. The review was carried out on the basis of additional information provided by an unnamed source this spring.

    Based on the new information, USPTO experts stated that an invention similar to that described in patent No. 7,469,381 existed before (prior art). In addition to the evidence, the experts indicated “lack of novelty” as a motivation for annulment of a patent.

    Prior art refers to the international patent application AOL and Luigi Lira (published on October 2, 2003), as well as the previous patent No. 7,786,975, which also belongs to Apple, but it does not include Steve Jobs among the authors and it has never been used in litigation. An application for this previous Apple patent was filed on December 23, 2005, that is, later than the Lyra patent.

    The waiver of the patent is signed by a senior USPTO expert and signed by the supervisor. The procedure has not yet been completed, and Apple may convince experts to withdraw the “rejected” recommendations. However, even if she succeeds in proving differences from the prior art form, she will additionally need to prove the “novelty” of the invention sufficient to register a patent.

    Patent No. 7,469,381 describes various interface elements, including scrolling and the use of a touchscreen. Part 19 describes a way to continue scrolling when the list ends, but it still scrolls with the movement of a finger, and then is automatically pulled back (the so-called “rubber guy”). The Galaxy S2 was also like this (see video : a small episode at about the 17th second), but after the patent wars it was necessary to implement the usual scrolling, which abruptly breaks off at the end of the list, while the finger continues to move.

    The scheme of this invention is shown in the illustration from the patent application.

    Patent No. 7,469,381 is one of the patents in violation of which a California court recently accused Samsung and awarded a record compensation of one billion dollars. In addition, this is one of five patents that Apple used in a lawsuit against HTC , as well as against Nokia (the dispute was settled in pre-trial proceedings in June 2012). If the patent is permanently revoked, then past court decisions can be reviewed.

    The lawsuit against Apple will take place on November 27, and Apple removed the mention of part 19 in advance, leaving only the other parts. However, a preliminary decision by the USPTO will invalidate all other parts of this patent from the 1st to the 20th.

    via FOSS Patents

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