Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Oct 2012 22:39 UTC
Legal "Samsung's got to be pretty happy right about now, after learning that the US Patent and Trademark Office has filed an initial ruling declaring Apple's rubber-banding patent invalid, as reported by FOSS Patents. The news was good enough that Samsung decided to share it with friends, that is, if US Federal Judge Lucy Koh can be considered a friend. According to the ruling, which Florian Mueller says isn't final, all 20 claims of Apple's patent (No. 7,469,381) are now invalid, including one that the iPhone maker had leveraged against Samsung in their recent legal showdown. The office found that Apple's invention was either anticipated by prior art (from Lira and Ording) or, in some cases, simply obvious." One down, 93485763827563856 to go.
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Not so fast, fanbois
by MysterMask on Wed 24th Oct 2012 01:21 UTC
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"The patent office decision (PDF) is not final, but it is interesting. Apple's rubber band claim is rejected because of two pieces of prior art, one a patent by AOL and the other a patent by the very same Apple employee responsible for the rubber band patent."

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RE: Not so fast, fanbois
by delta0.delta0 on Wed 24th Oct 2012 05:35 in reply to "Not so fast, fanbois"
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What exactly is a fanbois ?

From your own linked article:

The patent office also cited a European patent filed in 2003 by AOL, which relates to detecting the layout of a webpage, comparing the layout to the window it's being displayed in, and reformatting the page to align with the window.

From TNW:

The office found that Appleā€™s invention was either anticipated by prior art (from Lira and Ording) or, in some cases, simply obvious.

Not only invalidated by Apple patenting the same thing twice, but also invalidated by AOL patents going back to 2003 and of course lets not forget the fact that the patents are just retarded to begin with, kind of like the word fanbois.

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