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Windows 7: Microsoft sued over Windows Live Tiles - Win 8 + Phone


31 Oct 2012   #1

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Microsoft sued over Windows Live Tiles - Win 8 + Phone

"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. "

Microsoft sued over Windows Live Tiles | Microsoft - CNET News

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31 Oct 2012   #2

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Oh dear.

Well , not too surprising.

MS is not exactly shy about enforcing it's own patents. Now it is time for someone smaller to have a go.
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31 Oct 2012   #3

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Jean Polly should sue SurfCast for using the word surf in relation to technology. This stuff never ends.
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31 Oct 2012   #4

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Unfortunately, this is the society we live in today. Companies are too willing to sue each other over the slightest thing instead of working together for the common good and, as a result, technology is being held back. Apple are by far the worst culprits for this behaviour, and even their CEO doesn't agree with it, saying that too much of this sort of behaviour can damage reputations.

Incidentally, weren't Apple (the music label associated with The Beatles) around long before Apple (technology/computers) ?
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31 Oct 2012   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Incidentally, weren't Apple (the music label associated with The Beatles) around long before Apple (technology/computers) ?
They made a deal. Contrary to belief, money can get you almost everything.
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31 Oct 2012   #6

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I'm sure Apple is looking at this and wondering how SurfCast beat them to the court room with filing there/their case.
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01 Nov 2012   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Unfortunately, this is the society we live in today. Companies are too willing to sue each other over the slightest thing instead of working together for the common good and, as a result, technology is being held back. Apple are by far the worst culprits for this behaviour, and even their CEO doesn't agree with it, saying that too much of this sort of behaviour can damage reputations.

Incidentally, weren't Apple (the music label associated with The Beatles) around long before Apple (technology/computers) ?
Trademarks usually do not cover crossing over to dissimilar products or services.
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01 Nov 2012   #8
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Trademarks usually do not cover crossing over to dissimilar products or services.
Tell that to Apple,

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01 Nov 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Well considering that Apple just lost it's lawsuit against Samsung I'd say this will be another waste of the courts time and tax payer money. Contrary to popular belief you can't really patent little boxes even if they are live ones.
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01 Nov 2012   #10

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Seems that the wannabe Masters of the Universe, aren't quite the master of all things related to computers. They are going to have to sell a lot of Windows 8 systems to make up for the court costs on this one. Oh wait. The more they sell the higher the award if they lose. Interesting. The downward spiral may soon be accelerating. Oh, is that smoke I see trailing behind the left engine? Hummmm....

It would have been so easy to have created a Windows 8 desktop version that was really a desktop OS rather a toy and then make a deal with the patent holder to permit them to make a Windows 8 touch version.

Oh well. Better luck next time. At least until the deep pocket runs dry.
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