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Microsoft Sued over Live Tile Patent Infringement

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f0rk_b0mb    698

SurfCast, in a complaint filed yesterday in a U.S. District Court in Maine, said Microsoft infringes one of its four patents -- No. 6,724,403 -- by "making, using, selling, and offering to sell devices and software products" covered by SurfCast's patent. That includes mobile devices using the Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 operating systems as well as PCs using Windows 8/RT.

This is a drawing of their patent:

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More in the link: http://news.cnet.com...ows-live-tiles/

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Hum    6,929

Bye bye Metro :)

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f0rk_b0mb    698

They would probably have to pay big bucks to have the patent licensed to them

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The Rev    318

Jesus... Doesn't anyone do their homework in the business world anymore??

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f0rk_b0mb    698

Jesus... Doesn't anyone do their homework in the business world anymore??

Sadly, No.

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f0rk_b0mb    698

http://www.neowin.ne...t-on-live-tiles

and this is stupid. 1. this company is obviously a patent troll and has no intention with ever doing anything with the patent. and 2. Microsoft's live tiles have almost NO resemblance to that patent

See my comment at the bottom of that article. When I started writing this, it was not yet on the front page. I think we published at the same time. whoops!!!

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ToneKnee    280

This company has clearly waited for Microsoft to release Windows 8 and WP8 so they can sue Microsoft. Reminds of the MP3 patent years ago, it had been out and used for so long then the creator decided to sue everyone for a ton of $$$.

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+FloatingFatMan    13,187

Does this company actually have a product based on their patent? If no, then like ALL other companies that do this, their patent should be disqualified.

It's the only way to cut down on this ridiculous trolling nonsense. No product, no patent.

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remixedcat    2,765

Never even heard of this surfcast...

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Growled    3,880
Jesus... Doesn't anyone do their homework in the business world anymore??

I wonder what they pay all those lawyers for anyway?

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still1    250

wow software patents should be abandoned.

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Growled    3,880

Surfcast is like iframe. There is nothing like the way MS implements their live tiles.

You never know how our goofy judicial system is going to rule on something, though.

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rfirth    727

Those aren't live tiles. That's a tiled interface, like Windows 1.0...

win101tile2.gif

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