In the keynote video, Steve demonstrated the bounce back effect of an image in the new i Phone.
This effect is known as rubber-banding and hence was covered in the patent.
The Daughter of that patent examiner was fond of comic books and one of her comics had already explained the same concept in one of the pictures published in that edition.
A patent which somehow fails to fit in any of these criteria doesn’t get granted.
Another Interesting Read: These 11 Answers by A Patent Examiner Will Help You Understand Patent Process A Bit Better Not only comics but sometimes speech and videos can be used as a strong reference.
Prior art does not need to exist physically or be commercially available.This can lead many inventors to make a common mistake: just because they cannot find a product containing their invention for sale in any shops, they assume that their invention must be novel. Many inventions never become products, yet there may be evidence of them somewhere.That evidence - whatever form it may take - will be prior art.There are no accurate statistics, but some experts estimate that for every recorded invention that eventually reaches the market, ten never will.
This means that if you want to find out if your invention is novel, you should indeed search products past and present - but you should also search much further.It is enough that someone, somewhere, sometime previously has described or shown or made something that contains a use of technology that is very similar to your invention. A piece of technology that is centuries old can be prior art.