“An Illinois-based company and its Nevada partner have filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc., alleging that Mac OS X 10.4 ‘Tiger’ treads on an interface patent that affects the operating system’s nearly universal use of tabs,” Aidan Malley reports for AppleInsider.
“Little-known intellectual property agency IP Innovation LLC and its parent Technology Licensing Corporation this week became the latest to claim that Apple had abused a patent they hold,” Malley reports. “Filed April 18th in a US district court in Marshall, Texas — a town frequently recognized as the preferred home for lawsuits by companies that hoard property claims — the four-page formal complaint purports that Apple has engaged in ‘willful and deliberate’ infringement of a computer control patent by selling its current Tiger operating system.”
“IP Innovation is demanding a jury trial and asks for reparations for perceived damages which ‘exceed $20 million,’ according to the suit. It also seeks an injunction that would prevent the California-based defendant from infringing on the patent, essentially blocking Apple from continuing to sell its current edition of Mac OS X and any future editions that might draw on the supposed infringements,” Malley reports.
Malley reports, “The reported violation is an exceptionally specific one. It refers to a single US Patent Office filing originally made by Xerox researchers for a ‘User Interface with Multiple Workspaces for Sharing Display System Objects’ — and, in turn, a lone claim within that patent.”
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