Microsoft Faces IP Suit Over Windows 'Live Tiles'

Law360, New York (October 31, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT) -- Microsoft Corp. was hit Tuesday with a lawsuit in Maine federal court lodged by operating system design company SurfCast Inc., which claims its interface patent is infringed by the “live tiles” technology built into the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7 operating systems.

SurfCast, which holds the rights to a patent on interface technology initially registered by inventors Ovid Santoro and Klaus Lagermann, said the recently released Windows 8 and other Microsoft operating system products rely on technology that infringes the patent, according to the complaint....
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