Aug 08

According to Patently Apple a small company in Florida sues Apple for OS Xs fast booting operation. The interesting twist to this lawsuit is that the patent was originally owned by LG Electronics. The Mac desktop operating system violates a patent that a “Florida company” owns for quickly booting an OS. The patent was originally issued to LG Electronics in 2002.

Patent: “A method for fast booting a computer system, comprising the steps of: A. performing a power on self test (POST) of basic input output system (BIOS) when the system is powered on or reset is requested; B. checking whether a boot configuration information including a system booting state which was created while executing a previous normal booting process exists or not; C. storing the boot configuration information from execution of the POST operation before loading a graphic interface (GUI) program, based on the checking result; and D. loading the graphic user interface (GUI) program.”

PatentlyApple: Without sufficient resources, it is difficult for Patently Apple to assess if LG Electronics has any stake in the patent infringement case against Apple or not. Considering that the new LG Tablet uses Googles Android, it is hard not to discount a possible indirect connection. For now however, it is in the hands of Operating Systems Solutions LCC, a company that does not appear in a simple Google search. These types of cases are usually the specialty practice of Patent Trolls.

Source [patentlyapple]

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