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Originally Posted by Powermonkey500 View Post

It's more specific that some of you are leading on.
"System and Method for Simultaneous Display of Multiple Information Sources" is just the title of the patent.
Still, I don't condone patent trolls.

Was gonna point this out too. They might actually have something here, patent troll or not.



My guess is Microsoft will settle.
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Originally Posted by Tehrawk View Post

Its in all GUI's, since GUI's were first invented. Totally ridiculous.

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Originally Posted by snoball View Post

This is in Android as well.

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Originally Posted by Cantii View Post

So they developed said technology and patented it. Why haven't they gone after Google or Apple yet? They both have "live tile" technology, as well.
Can't sue 'em all, I suppose, eh?

See above. The patent seems to specifically refer to a grid of square tiles that update asynchronously, i.e. the Microsoft live tile implementation. Neither Android nor iOS nor anyone else does it quite like this.

However, the patent doesn't refer to mobile systems specifically; I don't know if that would change anything.


My guess is that it will depend on how closely Microsoft's implementation matches theirs. There are a whole bunch of diagrams in the patent that I'm not going to take the time to comprehend, but you can bet that Microsoft's engineers and lawyers will pore over them with a fine-toothed comb.
Edited by flamingoyster - 10/31/12 at 12:49pm
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post #12 of 22
Broken patent system is broken
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But Microsoft doesn't use tiles....
It has Windows doh.gif
Can't tell if serious...
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post #13 of 22
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By the looks of the website I'd say that it was thrown up in 5 minutes , and being the "inventor" of such cutting edge technology they didn't even use a live tile on their site . nerdsmiley.png if you ask me looks like a patent squatter /troll .. "SurfCast designs Operating System technology" they should have sued for windows using windows too doh.gif
Please some one fix the US patent system this is retarded !!!!!!!!!!!

It may have been thrown up in five minutes, but those five minutes occurred 13 years ago, judging by the internet archive.

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post #14 of 22
Poor Microsoft, always landing in hot soup. biggrin.gif But you're right, why only MS? Why not Apple? If nothing else, At least this news will help increase the popularity of Windows 8.
post #15 of 22
All these patents are making me sick. This system needs to go away.
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post #16 of 22
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Microsoft has been slapped with a patent infringement lawsuit over its use of dynamic "live" tile icons in Windows, including in the newly launched Windows 8 OS for PCs and tablets and in the Windows Phone 8 OS for smartphones.

SurfCast, based in Portland, Maine, filed its lawsuit on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, and is asking for Microsoft to pay an undetermined amount of money in damages and attorneys' fees.

At issue is U.S. Patent 6,724,403, titled "System and Method for Simultaneous Display of Multiple Information Sources," which SurfCast was awarded in 2004.

Source: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9233111/Microsoft_sued_over_use_of_live_tiles_in_Windows

"System and Method for Simultaneous Display of Multiple Information Sources"

lol
Apple fanboi I see.
post #17 of 22
More like whole lot of people reading just the title of the post and replying with BROKEN PATENT SYSTEM.
post #18 of 22
linux should sue them, that's who they're really aping
post #19 of 22
Yet another example of how the patent system is so stupid. There should be a law that nullifies a patent if the company doesn't put it to widespread use in the real world within a year of issuing or something. I mean, who the hell is SurfCast and where is this oh so popular product that Microsoft is ripping off? How long will it take those clowns who call themselves politicians to realize that there is and should be a difference between blatantly ripping off one of your competitor's products and doing something that another company no one's ever heard of scribbled on a cocktail napkin 13 years ago.
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post #20 of 22
Personally, I think this is great and from some of the diagrams there may well be patent infringement. This seems to have far more validity than half of Apple's lawsuits. It is definitely much more specific than saying, 'a rectangular shape with rounded corners.'

Yes the patent system is broken but there are times when in it's brokenness it may actually work, this could be one of those times.
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