The patent was also anticipated by a patent entitled "continuous scrolling list with acceleration ," invented by Bas Ording and others, that was assigned to Apple, the USPTO said. Ording is also listed as the inventor of the Apple's '381 patent.
While the USPTO's ruling is described as a "Final Office Action," Apple still has two months to respond. The final office action was mailed to Apple on March 29. It can also be appealed to the USPTO's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment.
Apple has used the patent in various lawsuits against Samsung and other Android device manufacturers. Last year, the patent was one of seven used to convince a jury that Samsung devices infringed Apple patents. In that case, the jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05 billion in damages. On March 1, a judge ordered a partial retrial of that case, cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from the damages awarded to Apple.