Samsung wins against Apple. Apple wins against Samsung. When will it end? This time, a Tokyo court ruled that the “bounce-back” feature that certain devices use for presenting the end of an electronic document belongs to Apple and some of Samsung’s older devices are infringing on the patent.
According to Reuters, Apple’s claim was that Samsung copied the bounce-back feature on older devices. The patent relates to technology that causes icons on devices to quiver back when users scroll to the end of an electronic document. Samsung has already changed its technology on current devices to show a blue line at the end instead.
In April, the U.S. Patent and Trademark office ruled in the opposite direction. A USPTO judge claimed that Apple’s lawsuit was invalid and Samsung is able to continue selling its older models in the U.S.
Apple and Samsung have been battling it out in worldwide courts for more than two years now. There are 10 different countries dealing with the patent infringement lawsuits from both sides. Tokyo courts already heard another infringement claim from the two in April of 2012 and ruled in favor Samsung. The U.S. seems to be the least happy about the issues, calling the lawsuits “cruel and unusual punishment” for a jury to have to sit through.
Will we ever see the end of these costly and time-consuming lawsuits? Probably not.