Microsoft Served with Lawsuit Over Live Tiles
Microsoft has been hit with a patent infringement lawsuit from a small Maine-based company called SurfCast. SurfCast alleges that Microsoft is violating its intellectual property with the Live Tiles aspect of the Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 user interface. "We developed the concept of Tiles in the 1990s, which was ahead of its time. Microsoft's Live Tiles are the centerpiece of Microsoft's new Operating Systems and are covered by our patent," said SurfCast CEO Ovid Santoro. The thrust of SurfCast's argument concerns its patent number 403, which is for "presenting information from variety of sources on a display device." Microsoft has its own patent for Live Tiles, but SurfCast argues that its patent predates Microsoft's and serves as prior art. SurfCast filed the lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine. Microsoft has yet to respond publicly to the lawsuit.
Microsoft, Kyocera Expand Patent-Licensing Deal
Microsoft today said that it has expanded the scale of a patent cross-licensing agreement with Kyocera. Microsoft and Kyocera are now able to use a broader range of one another's technologies in a variety of products.
Microsoft Accuses InterDigital of Antitrust Behavior
Microsoft has filed an antitrust lawsuit against InterDigital, a patent-licensing firm, for charging exorbitant rates to license standard-essential patents. The two companies have been embroiled in patent litigation for years.
Motorola Owes Microsoft $14.5 Million Over Patent Spat
An appeals court has sided with Microsoft and upheld a 2013 verdict that says Motorola has to pay Microsoft for refusing to license standard-essential patents at fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory rates. This particular case began in 2010, when Microsoft sued Motorola for failing to pay it patent-licensing fees for technology found in Motorola's Android smartphones.
Microsoft Avoids Import Ban in InterDigital Case
Microsoft escaped what could have been a harmful ban on its devices as the U.S. International Trade Commission decided not to block the import of Microsoft's smartphones into the U.S.
Don't know what to make of this
No indication that these annoying twits do anything with their patents except sue people. IMO, that makes their trolling worse, even if MS is a jerk.
WP7 was on phones only. Windows 8 resides "on the user's desktop."
They were actually quite forward thinking and me...
If MS calls them "windows" instead of "tiles"...
Or, microsoft could just buy this company, fire everybody, and disband them.
I like the second option better - Patent trolls should be destroyed.