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Microsoft sued for alleged Live Tiles patent infringement

News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday October 31, 2012.

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A company claiming that it invented the Tiles concept that Microsoft employs in its Windows 8 and Windows Phone software has sued Microsoft, alleging that the new Windows operating systems infringe on its intellectual property.

Surfcast, a Portland-based company whose website is sparse save for a contact form and a list of four patents it filed from 2000 to 2008, says Microsoft's Live Tiles infringe on its Patent 6,724,403. The patent deals with "System and method for simultaneous display of multiple information sources," presented over a grid, which is very similar to Microsoft's user interface. Surfcast's patent centers on a "Tiles" concept that can be an icon to launch an application or contain "refreshed content that provides a real-time or near-real-time view of the underlying information."

As TheNextWeb notes, Microsoft has its own patent related to its Live Tiles feature, but Microsoft's Patent No. 7,933,632 was filed after Surfcast's patent was issued in 2004. The Patent Examiner even cites Surfcast's patent as a case of prior art in Microsoft's application in 2009.

Surfcast claims that Microsoft's Windows Phone, Surface, Windows RT, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise products all infringe on its intellectual property. The company also claims that developers who submit apps to the Windows Store that use app tiles also infringe. Surfcast has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, and is seeking financial damages for direct infringement.

via: The Next Web

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