Apple’s war on all things Android has by no means quieted down, even after their huge blow against Samsung. This time they have been handed a victory in Germany over Google-owned Motorola Mobility. This again just shows how ridiculous the patent process has become in this industry.
The Munich Regional Court has awarded the company an injunction against Motorola devices that apparently infringe the so-called “rubber-banding” patent. This relates to the bounce back animation when scrolling to the top or the bottom of a list. How crazy is that?
If you have ever used an Android (especially Samsung) device, this might sound very familiar. But in most devices it is the bounce back when scrolling left or right to the end of a list, and is mostly used using stock Android’s “glowing” animation. I wonder if Google had that patented.
Luckily for Google, this was a phone built before their acquisition of the struggling American company. Hopefully their subsequent devices will be built with more care.