The Apple patent was also anticipated by another patented invention describing a "continuous scrolling list with acceleration", the USPTO said.
Samsung has already worked around the overscroll bounce infringement last year. Instead of letting pages scroll past their boundaries and snap back, the company now shows a blue glow at the edge of the screen when a user tries to scroll past the end of a list.
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