“Apple has just informed Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California of a major breakthrough: the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has notified Apple of its intent to issue a reexamination certificate confirming four claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,469,381, the famous rubber-banding (or, as I like to call it, ‘overscroll bounce’) patent, including claim 19, which is the claim Apple successfully asserted at last year’s trial against Samsung,” Florian Müller reports for FOSS Patents.

“Apple now has the upper hand with respect to this patent — and it may at some point have the upper hand with respect to other key patents it’s asserting against Samsung in California and at the ITC,” Müller writes. “Apple would presumably have liked to salvage even more claims than the four claims the patent office is now going to confirm, but claim 19 is the one that matters in the dispute with Samsung, and it’s now stronger than ever.”

Much more in the full article here.