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Patent troll Apple accused of illegally using Cover Flow interface in Safari, Time Machine
Apple was awarded a new lawsuit in the United States. At this time, the Cupertino-based company accused of patent infringement when developing the interface of Safari in iOS 7 and 8 iOS and features Cover Flow and Time Machine. The plaintiff is a company TriDim Innovations.
The company, which is called patent troll, filed a lawsuit in US District Court of Northern California. The complaint says that Apple is illegally using technology protected by patents numbered 5,838,326 and 5,847 709. The plaintiff claims that the popular Apple products violate patents on methods for displaying content in a three-dimensional interface Cover Flow. The invention has been registered in 1996.
Patents describe a method for displaying an image on the screen of the digital devices in the form of three-dimensional sketches. Such technology is implemented, particularly in the mobile version of Safari. The scope of patents fall as Cover Flow variations in a number of other products from Apple, including design features Time Machine.
Apple began using Cover Flow interface in their products after the acquisition of a small startup Steel Skies in 2006. Initially it was used to display the iTunes albums music collection. Apple later moved it in Safari. In OS X Mavericks company abandoned the three-dimensional interface for desktop browser.
Patent troll – a natural or legal person that specializes in presenting claims. They prefer to call themselves patent holding companies or dealers. TriDim Innovations – a typical representative of this business line, not leading any independent production activities. Companies of this kind sometimes specifically buy someone else’s patents to start a lawsuit, and to capitalize on this.
The lawsuit filed by Apple to begin next month. On the claims of TriDim Innovations not reported.
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