Microsoft Being Sued Over Windows Live Tiles (Windows 8, Wndows Phone)October 31, 2012 3 Comments
SurfCast, has filed a complaint yesterday in a U.S. District Court in Maine, they state that Microsoft infringes on one of its patents (No. 6,724,403). The patent in question is directed at Microsoft’s Live Tiles that are built into WIndows 8, Xbox and Windows Phone 8.
Here’s how SurfCast describes Tiles on its Web site:
Tiles can be thought of as dynamically updating icons. A Tile is different from an icon because it can be both selectable and live — containing refreshed content that provides a real-time or near-real-time view of the underlying information.Tiles can provide dynamic bookmarking — an at-a-glance view of the current status of the program, file, or content associated with it.
Tiles enable people to have all their content, applications, and resources, regardless of whether on their mobile device,tablet, computer, or in their Cloud — visualized persistently — dynamically updating.
They also note on their complaint that “Microsoft had knowledge of the ’403 patent at least as early as April 21, 2009,”. I don’t really understand where they are coming from since Live Tiles arent new anymore as they were introduced by Microsoft on Windows Phone 7 two years ago.
SurfCast has waited until the launch of Windows 8 to make these accusations and I don’t understand why they stayed quiet when Windows Phone 7 launched.
We should be hearing from Microsoft soon on the matter.