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USPTO validates important aspects of Apple 'rubber-banding' patent
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Jun 13, 2013, 04:43 PM
Apple has told US District Judge Lucy Koh that the US Patent and Trademark Office is issuing a reexamination certificate, confirming four primary claims in the company's so-called "rubber-banding" patent, according to FOSS Patents. The patent describes the way iOS reacts whenever a user hits the bottom of a scrollable element. The USPTO once tentatively rejected claims in the patent, but Apple urged a court overseeing one of the company's lawsuits against Samsung to wait. Claim 19 in the patent helped Apple successfully sue Samsung for patent infringement last year.

It's believed that the certificate could give Apple an advantage when dealing with other patents it's asserting against Samsung. In the US, Apple is still dealing the aftermath of the 2012 lawsuit, an ongoing second, and a complaint at the International Trade Commission.
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Jun 13, 2013, 05:24 PM
...perhaps macnn might be improved by having a separate legal news site, for all those interested in the behind the scenes 'news'...?

MacLegalista? MacLegalNN? MacCopyCatNN?
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It's true we have guaranteed another four years (at least) of material ...
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How about MaCourtista?
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That's an interesting question, though. Court cases. How much attention to regular site readers pay to the articles devoted to them? The whole case? Just the verdict?

There's actually a lot of material in between the start and finish we don't cover.
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If I make an extra hard drag on the muscles in my eyeballs I can skip right over a story I'm not interested in. This is *Mac*NN and until they change the first three letters I don't see why a story that's related to the company that makes Macs isn't worthy of the unlimited space available to this website. A lot of technical websites cover items that are connected to the companies they talk about by only a thin thread, yet it still interesting. What's funny is that you think somehow that this website is wasting your time, so you coming in and wasting a bunch of time to talk about how you don't want to read a story, when you could've just skipped it. Thank you for printing this article.
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