Feeds

US Patent Office disputes crucial scroll-and-bounce Apple tech – Samsung demands patent trial halt

Shock twist in long-running courtroom snoozefest

High performance access to file storage

Samsung has launched a pair of last-ditch efforts to thwart its ongoing technology patent infringement legal battle with Apple.

The South Korean electronics goliath on Wednesday issued a request for a stay of judgment in a damages-deciding trial – after the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) called into question one of Apple's key software patents. Samsung believes that move could undermine Apple's claim of damages, which a jury is this week weighing up.

According to the filing, the USPTO has asked Apple to clarify a patent, which describes an API to control the scrolling and bouncing of a user-interface object on a touchscreen. Samsung is accused of infringing that patent – and four others – but believes that its infringement liabilities could also be reduced as a result of the USPTO's latest review.

"This decision by the PTO jeopardizes the jury’s findings in the damages trial and may render all of the post-trial proceedings a waste of time and resources," Samsung said in its filing.

The patent bombshell comes in the wake of an attempt by Samsung attorneys to have the whole lawsuit, launched by Apple against Samsung, declared a mistrial on grounds of perceived racism towards the South Korean firm by Apple's legal team.

According to a Bloomberg report from the courtroom, Apple attorney Harold McElhinny made reference to watching an American-made television set as a child, and claimed that many of those vendors were no longer active because they failed to patent their products.

Samsung attorney Bill Price reportedly objected to McElhinny's comments believing them to be an attack on Samsung and other Asian hardware vendors. The claim was eventually thrown out by Judge Lucy Koh and Apple's attorneys were cleared in the matter.

The USPTO findings are the latest turn in what has been a long and costly court battle between Apple and Samsung over allegations of patent infringements. While Apple has won a judgment of patent infringement, the two sides continue to argue over just how much money Samsung needs to pay out in the case. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
Microsoft: Windows version you probably haven't upgraded to yet is ALREADY OBSOLETE
Pre-Update versions of Windows 8.1 will no longer support patches
OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts
Bloke behind the cockup says not enough people are helping crucial crypto project
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed
Windows 7 making some gains on XP Death Day
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support
Gov't IT likened to 'a Model T with a lot of things on top of it'
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.