On June 14 the US Patent and Trademark Office reversed their initial decision on Apple's "bounce back" patent which was a key patent in Apple's patent infringement case against Samsung. Today, a Tokyo district court ruled that Samsung infringed on Apple's "bounce-back" patent used in displaying e-mails and documents on phones and tablet computers.
The ruling comes as the world's top two smartphone makers struggle over patents in courts around the world, with Samsung and Apple locked in a series of cases in Japan.
Friday's ruling pertains to the feature whereby the icons and display interface appear to "bounce" when the user scrolls to the end of a document or file. The feature isn't in Samsung's more recent models.
The Japanese report further stated that "The ruling is an interim decision with the case continuing as the court figures out appropriate compensation for Samsung to pay Apple.
The patent war has captured the attention of the technology industry, not only because of revelations of juicy -- and secret -- details of product development, but also for its potentially far-reaching ramifications for reshaping the competitive landscape of smartphones and tablet computers. "
The dispute started in April 2011 when Apple brought its lawsuit against Samsung to the U.S. courts. The fight has since expanded to at least nine countries, including Germany, France and Australia.
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