Lawsuits are just another day at the offices for Apple and a Florida company has just added a lawsuit to the pile against Apple for infringing on a patent they claim is used in the OS X’s fast boot operation. The patent, according to the lawsuit, was formerly owned by LG Electronics. To put it short, right from the papers filed in court documents they read, “Apple sells or offers to sell within this district, computer systems, including but not limited to the MacBook Pro, that utilize the Mac OSX operating system that infringes at least claim 1 of the OSS [Operating System Solutions] Patent.”
There was no confirmation that LG Electronics was involved in this case, even though the patent was originally granted to the company back in 2002. Since then, the patent changed hands one other time in 2008 when it was owned by Protimus Technologies LLC. Right now, the owner is Operating Systems Solutions LCC, but there is little information online regarding that company. The lawsuit says that Apple has specifically violated “at least Claim 1” in the original patent.
The Patent Claim 1 reads, “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.”
The Operating Systems Solutions people are saying that an example of the violation comes from the MacBook Pro, specifically, then they go on to say that any devices that are running Mac OS X are also possibly violating the patent. Many experts are saying that Apple is going to always be the target for these “patent trolls”, ones that comb every little bit of hardware blueprints and software code just to find anything that is similar to a patent that is not owned by the company. Lawsuits like this can bring in a lot of money if the infringing party is guilty, but likely it’s just a payout type result and each party moves on.