Thursday, March 20, 2014

Federal Court Favors Apple over OS Quick Boot Patent

Case Filed: Jul 02, 2013

Case Closed: Mar 18, 2014

Origin Case: 8:11-cv-01754

Case Summary:
Operating Systems Solutions, a Florida-based company filed a suit against Apple for patent infringement in the Florida Middle District Court in Aug 2011.

The patent involved in this suit is RE40092 entitled ‘Method for quickly booting a computer system’ issued on Feb 19, 2008 and expiring[i] by May 11, 2018. The patent is currently assigned[ii] to Operating Systems Solutions (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). The invention claimed is a method for booting a personal computer system quickly, where boot configuration information is created and saved in a disk for future boot and the saved boot configuration information is reused upon the subsequent boot request.

The lawsuit alleged that Apple's OS X operating system infringed the above patent relating to quick booting a computer system. The plaintiff cited MacBook that utilizes OS X as infringing. Operating Systems Solutions sought lost profits and damages for Apple's alleged infringement.

District Court Judge rendered final judgment on Jun 2013 in favor of Apple and against Operating Systems Solutions. Soon after this, the case was appealed by the plaintiff to the Federal Circuit where the judgment of District Court was affirmed.

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[i] Expected expiration date. Patent Term Estimator is a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents. 
[ii] Patent Marker provides an online environment where patentees can virtually mark products and search products for patent-related information.

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