Patent Office Reverses Key Decision Against Apple

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office returned a power weapon to Apple’s patent arsenal, reversing an April ruling that invalidated key claims of the company’s bounce-back or “rubber banding” patent. The patent, which describes among other things the over-scroll bounce iOS performs when it reaches the bottom of a scrollable element, was successfully asserted against Samsung in Apple’s $1.05 billion lawsuit against the company last summer.