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  • hawcraper hawcraper Nov 10, 2012 2:15 PM Flag

    Microsoft Being Sued - Windows 8 Patent Violation


    From Business Insider:

    "Microsoft Is Getting Sued Over The Most Distinctive Feature Of Its New Windows Software"

    "A company called SurfCast claims that Microsoft's Live Tiles, which actively update new information on the main screen as it is received, violates a patent it has.

    SurfCast filed the lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in the District of Maine yesterday, October 30, The Next Web reported.

    According to its website, SurfCast says it designs operating-system technology and has applied for four more patents.

    The company designed a new concept referred to as "Tiles" for which it is suing Microsoft."

    "SurfCast describes its "Tiles" as "dynamically updating icons," different from standard operating-system icons for files and applications because they are "selectable and live—containing refreshed content that provides a real-time or near-real-time view of the underlying information." That's Patent 6,724,403, granted in 2004: “System and method for simultaneous display of multiple information sources.”

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