It appears that the US PTO doesn’t quite understand what the word “final” means. While Apple’s signature bounce-back scrolling patent has been given a “final” rejection from the Patent Office, the battle will still continue.
Although it did not play a crucial role, this particular patent was used successfully against Samsung in last year’s trials. Since this patent is still involved in that trial, Apple has a few options left to it before the patent is truly thrown out. Since this patent is a relatively high-priority target for Samsung and other competitors, you can bet that Apple will want to hold on to it. Still, the overall outlook for the patent is looking rather grim.