Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

Summary:Yes, it seems that the idea of having a 'fast booting' system is patented.

Apple has been hit with a patent infringement lawsuit relating to the fast booting mechanism built into Mac OS X.

This patent, currently owned by a Florida-based company calling itself Operating Systems Solutions, LCC, was once owned by LG Electronics back in 1999.

According to the lawsuit, here's where OS X violates the patent:

"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."

Seems like a pretty basic patent ... which is the problem with many of these software patents.

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Topics: Enterprise Software, Apple, Legal


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