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July 10, 2013

Samsung Demands Re-Trial in Apple Patent Battle

The Apple/Samsung saga continued this week after Samsung requested a new trial over whether or not it violated Apple’s “rubber banding” patent.

Samsung was ordered to pay Apple more than $1 billion last August after being found guilty of infringement on seven Apple patents.

Now, the Korean-based Smartphone company wants one of those infringements re-examined.

The “rubber banging” feature can be found on iOS products like the iPhone and iPad and allows icons snap back when a user scrolls beyond the end of the screen. Samsung incorporated the same technology on many of its phones, infringing on Apple’s territory.

Apple Insider outlines what happened next.

In October … the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tentatively invalidated Apple’s patent on the rubber banding effect, citing prior art. Apple subsequently narrowed the scope of the claim in its patent to deny that it covered bounce-back animations ‘in which the specific purpose or cause of the computer code that generates the snap back effect is anything other than edge alignment.’ Samsung argues that, had this narrowing happened prior to last year’s trial, the jury would have been more likely to rule in Samsung’s favour.”

Samsung’s lawyers believe, under the new circumstances, Samsung’s devices “cannot possibly infringe Apple’s claim on the patent,” according to MacWorld.

This is just one of many attempts by Samsung to “delay and derail” the case, claims Apple.

The feud between the two companies, who claim each stole the others’ ideas, has been going on for months.

Back in March, Apple accused U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of making an $85 million miscalculation when she cut $450.5 million of the $1.05 billion in damages the company was awarded by a jury last August.

The jury found Samsung violated six of Apple’s patents, and although the jury was meticulous and uniform in working out the damages, Koh said, the process used may have been inaccurate. As a result, she ruled that $450.5 million was incorrectly awarded and ordered a new trial, much to the dismay of Apple.