Apple licensed technology to Nokia and IBM

Cour papers have revealed that Apple licensed some of its patented technology to several firms, including IBM and Nokia, though the attempt to generate a similar deal with Samsung broke down.

Apple used the fact that a licensing deal had been attempted as an example of why the Samsung Galaxy S should be banned in the US, but that bid was dismissed last week.

TechRadar has the patent in question as number 7,469,381, which relates to the Apple iOS scrollback feature. Awarded in 2008, this broad stroke patent covers: “list scrolling and document translation, scaling, and rotation on a touch-screen display.” In realty, the scrollback portion of this patent relates to how the display reacts when a user reaches the end of a column or row - the way it bounces back.

This is the feature that Nokia was able to license from Apple, most likely avoiding a law suit of its own. Samsung executives may look back on their own opportunity to acquire an Apple license and wish they'd been more successful. The banning of the Galaxy Tab in Australia was a big hit for the electronics maker, even if some retailers continued to sell it afterwards.

Recently it was thought that Samsung might be able to turn things around down under when the temporary injunction was removed. However, now that it's back on and Apple is gunning for the Galaxy S and Tab 10.1 in other countries as well, it's not looking so good for Samsung.