Apple faces lawsuit alleging Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger UI patent infringment

Apple Store“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 It refers to a single US Patent Office filing originally made by Xerox researchers for a ‘User Interface with Multiple Workspaces for Sharing Display System Objects’ — and, in turn, a lone claim within that patent.”

More details in the full article here.


  1. Do these guys own anything else that we might know about… lets start looking.
    Xerox were also the ones that suied Palm for using their text input. At the time all Palm users had to learn to write all over again, to this day I will never buy a Xerox product. EVER.

  2. Folks, welcome to the US judicial system–the laughing stock of the civilized world, at least when it comes to plaintiffs suing deep pocket corporations. Yep, we definitely need legal reform. Too bad the Dems in Congress are in the pocket of their major contributors–the plaintiffs bar–and stand ready to block reform.

  3. So, Jake, the GOP had several years to do this much needed reform while controlling both The White House and Congress. What happened?

    As soon as you use the word “Dems” any credibility you may have had goes down the toilet. It’s clear your info comes from Fox News or the like.

    It’s “Democrats” as in The Democratic Party.

    Now can we get back to talking about Macs?

  4. I know a few other legal systems that are kinda’ laughable– largely because common men have an extremely difficult time ever getting to court. Our system may be imperfect because it’s misused, but it remains one that is surprisingly resilient and useful.

    We all hate the legal system until we need it and it works in our favor.

  5. $20 million? That’s chump change for a company with Apple’s revenues, and Apple can probably settle for half of that or less. Such a puny demand is a sign that the company is fishing for a quick settlement, even as they make a big show of “demanding a jury trial”. Expect Apple to play hardball and make this go away fast.

  6. Jake,

    So what you’re asking for is for legislators to pass laws, to clarify existing laws or prevent litigation via existing laws. Is that right?

    If this is what you’re asking for then you have to take the next step and say that the existing system is flawed? Is this correct?

    Far too many questions flow such a bald statement such as yours. Perhaps you need to clarify what you’re talking about before making mindless ideological assertions.

    I don’t care if you’re talking about democrats, republicans, British conservatives, Australian greens or whatever. When you make an assertion such as yours, on a site like this you have one goal and one goal only and that’s to inflame.

    You’re nothing but a troll unless you’ve got something to say about Macs then kindly leave the room and turn the light off when you leave.

  7. I agree with tclash that this is not the place for politics, so who cares what you call them.

    Why not spam the hell out of IP Innovation and there bogus, gee maybe they will pay us to go away tactics. Please Please lets have a jury trial so we can laugh these shit kickers out of the courtroom. Apple legal, drop the, who leaked which secret and do some real work. Get um boys and girls.

    Just a Dem Dose Doody Thought.

  8. Jake is a big boy, he can fight for himself.

    Civilized world? you mean Sweden don’t you? Those damn Sweeds have everything.
    Blonds, Healthcare, Snow, No War, No Military, No Guts – oops did I say that?
    Oh yeah and Fiords, lots and lots of them.

    I wish I lived in Sweden, or do I?

    Just a kinda glad to be an American thought. With all its faults it is still the
    best damn country in the world….

  9. Sorry guys. Got a little carried away with my douchey comment. I have been drinking the cool-aid for, oh, so long, my tiny brain is fried.

    And since our judicial system is so out of wack, I will be catching the fist plane out to a more “civilized” country.

    MDN Magic Word: Red

    As in what I would be considered in the 50’s.

  10. To Russia with Love Jake

    They just shoot you there don’t they?

    I once tried to find love with a Russian. Mega-Tons of baggage, not recommended.

    I here Cuba and North Korea are great places to live, starve and then get shot. “Once you go red,
    hide under your bed”.

    Just a, the drink is called KOOL-AID thought.

  11. throw some shit against the wall and see if it sticks.. while their at it they need to sure MS and every linux distro on the planet. just to be fair.

    sounds like the “PC” folks cant take the heat

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