Microsoft sued over new UI in Windows 8
US company SurfCast filed a patent lawsuit against Microsoft on Monday alleging that Microsoft has infringed and is infringing SurfCast’s U.S. Patent No. 6,724,403 with its Windows 8 and Surface products, among others. The so called ‘403 patent’ describes a computerised method of presenting information from a variety of sources on a display device, in particular organising content from a variety of information sources into a grid of tiles.
According to the lawsuit, Microsoft already had knowledge of the infringed patent at least as early as April 21, 2009 when their own patent 7,933,632 which was filed in 2005 was (not-finally) rejected by the patent examiner, citing the ‘403 patent’ as relevant prior art. Furthermore Microsoft also instructs developers how to write applications that, when downloaded through the Windows Store and used on an accused product, directly infringe one or more claims of the patent.
SurfCast requests compensation from Microsoft for the infringed patent, however the lawsuit does not list a claim to stop Microsoft from further infringing the patent, which could result in a ban to distribute any of the infringing Microsoft products.
9 Comments on Microsoft sued over new UI in Windows 8
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- Posted on: 31 Oct 12 19:29
Yet, here they are, infringing someone else's patents. Of course, you have to wonder...why? The Start Menu was just fine the way it was. Adding the search bar in Vista and 7 was genius. But, they just had to break the law in order to create crap.
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- Posted on: 31 Oct 12 19:39
Hypocrites, hypocrites, hypocrites. I seem to recall Microsoft suing the devs behind React OS for patent infringement. However, as the Reast OS web sites says, their software is technically written from scratch, so naturally, M$ lost the suit.
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- Posted on: 01 Nov 12 04:57
The Windows 8 tiles are changing in appearance regardless of whether the mouse pointer is placed on them.
The Surfcast tiles also appear to be little screen grabs. Look at the Surfcast tiles displaying Outlook and eBay for example. Windows 8 tiles do not display like that.
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- Posted on: 10 Jan 13 17:12
Xerox could have been bigger than IBM or M$ had they realized that the toys they had developed would be soon be in use by billions of people on the planet: the mouse, the graphical user interface (aka windows), laser printing, IVp6, to name but a few. Yep. They developed all this and more in their PARC lab facility and were tickled pink when Bill and Steve came through on tours. Bill and Steve weren't so stupid and both went on to become billionaires while PC work at Xerox passed away (essentially). Check out Palo Alto Research Center on wikipedia for more.
BTW, filedog, Bill didn't screw the inventor, per se. One version of the story has it that he bought a copy from one of the inventor's customers, re-labeled as his own and re-sold it to IBM. The story goes that IBM came to the inventor first but he was OOT and his wife wouldn't sign the NDA IBM required (of all their suppliers BTW) so they went back and asked Bill and he "figured it out". So. It is really hard to point fingers of fault, and after all these years, it's just water over the dam anyhow. The inventor later sold the company to Novell for a pretty penny and moved to a lake-beach house in Austin (TX); keeping the mansion in Pebble Beach (CA) for business and vacations. you can wikipedia Gary Kildall for more on this interesting fellow.
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