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April 3, 2013

USPTO rejects Apple’s bounce back technology claim against Samsung

Last year, the USPTO preliminarily rejected 20 claims associated with Apple's 'pinch to zoom' patent in its case against Samsung

By CBR Staff Writer

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has invalidated Apple’s bounce back scrolling technology infringement claims against Samsung which it uses on its touchscreen iPhones and iPads.

In October last year, the USPTO issued a First Office Action which rejected all claims of Apple’s 381 patent.

According to a Samsung filing with the US District Court for the Northern District of California, the USPTO issued a Final Office Action as part of its re-examination of the patent.

Apple accused over 20 Samsung smartphones and two tablets of infringing its technology, which also covers the bounce-back feature.

Samsung lawyers said: "This Final Office Action by the USPTO is relevant because it finally rejects multiple claims of the 381 patent".

Last year, the USPTO preliminarily rejected 20 claims associated with Apple’s ‘pinch to zoom’ patent in its case against Samsung. Both firms have been involved in patent battles in about 10 countries with Apple filing cases against Samsung alleging that the South Korean firm infringed its iPhone and iPad designs in its Galaxy devices.

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