"The Office noted that though corrective traversal in Lira appears to stop when the area beyond the edge of the document is no longer displayed, it is not specifically responsive to instructions requiring said stop condition (area beyond the edge of the electronic document is no longer displayed) but rather a result of instructions to center (same effect, different cause)," the USPTO said in the filing.
After this, Apple filed a response with specific support for its claim. The USPTO reviewed the claim further and called Apple in May "during which a decision was made to confirm claim 19," according to the filing.
"In summary, Claim 19 is Confirmed, as there is no prior art disclosure of a similar device with 'programs including... instructions for translating the electronic document in a second direction until the area beyond the edge of the electronic document is no longer displayed to display a fourth portion of the electronic document, wherein the fourth portion is different from the first portion, in response to detecting that the object is no longer on or near the touch screen display'," said the USPTO.
Apple and Samsung did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Loek is Amsterdam Correspondent and covers online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues for the IDG News Service. Follow him on Twitter at @loekessers or email tips and comments to email@example.com