In what must surely come as a rude-shock to Apple, the USPTO has issued a non-final rejection (available here) of Apple’s patent over the “bounce back/rubber band” feature which Apple successfully asserted against Samsung in the US.
The non-final rejection was issued in an ex parte re-examination of the patent US7469381. It has been reported that Samsung has brought this development to the notice of District Judge Lucy Koh who presided and continues to preside over the Apple-Samsung patent trial.
All 20 claims of the patent were invalidated, including claim 19 which claims the bounce-back feature.
I thank Ms.Jaya Bhatnagar for sharing this development with me.