The press always makes Apple out to be stingy with their their technology with the recent ongoing patent litigation with Samsung. Maybe Apple has just been misunderstood this whole time because they currently license a scrolling patent to Nokia and IBM.
Apple, in the court case with Samsung, disclosed documents that revealed the patent that are licensed to Nokia and IBM. The filing has been changed to remove that important detail but thanks to the folks at the Verge, we discover that the patent in question is #7,469,381 which is the “scrollback” behavior of iOS. It is titled,”List Scrolling and Document Translation, Scaling, and Rotation on a Touch-Screen Display”. This patent was licensed to IBM and Nokia and was offered to Samsung in November 2010. This is likely the same patent that HTC was sued upon also.