Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

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

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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: Software, Apple, Legal, Operating Systems

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  • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

    Apple getting hit by the weapon they are using against Google. This patent proves how patents are misused. Hope Apple got its lesson from this. This should also be a lesson for Microsoft and Oracle to learn from. Patents should be stopped, or should at least be reformed as the poll above suggests.
    alhaddad.nasry@...
    • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

      @alhaddad.nasry@...

      So please tell us more of this mythical action of Apple vs Google?
      bannedagain
      • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

        @bannedagain
        Do your own research. Just Google it.
        anono
      • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

        @bannedagain Provide a verifiable source of info please.

        @anono If someone brings up something outside the article to prove or disprove a point then THEY should provide the links.
        athynz
      • Probally the Apple vs HTC lawsuit

        @bannedagain

        but that's assuming he believes that Google is the actual target nad not HTC
        William Farrell
      • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

        @anono THANK YOU!!! I hate it when people are too darned lazy to look up BASIC information. There are numerous articles all over the place about this!

        It's worth posting when it's not something as easy to find as the frivolous lawsuits Apple has launched against Android makers.
        blueskip
    • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

      @alhaddad.nasry@...

      I think eventually companies will get tired of suing and getting sued. They'll get tired of spending all the time, attention and money (which goes to the lawyers) on lawsuits and they'll demand patent reform.
      josh92
      • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

        @josh92 No Chance! The lawyers will make sure they get their hand in the pot no matter what is going on - of course this isn't my opinion because I don't want to get sued!

        Actually the OSS patent (originally LG) is quite clever and OS like Microsoft probably don't use it because it is already patented. It isn't immediately obvious. At least OSS owns this legitimately. Let's be honest, the patents that Apple hit HTC with last month should never have been granted because they patent what was already prior art (broad definition suggesting Apple invented the modem and the screen)
        HugoM
      • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

        Since most of Apples hardware tech comes other companies, they are reacting to the need to make hay while the sun shines.
        Since money drives every market, most companies are starting to play on the edges of reality to maintain or increase there capital grow.
        The market is obviously economical based and the way things are going I see expensive non breakthru tech items to lose a large market share.
        sickntired44
      • Unfortunately that won't happen

        @josh92 The history of the technology industry is one long series of suits and counter suits. I has been going on from the beginning and isn't going to stop until patent reform is enacted.

        I believe company's should be able to profit from their ideas and should have a way to protect those ideas from unauthorized use. But when the "ideas" are so basic that anyone could have thought of it, then it shouldn't be patented. And you should have to have a lot more than a quick little flowchart to get a patent.

        This does give me an idea though. I should form a group of guys with various backgrounds. Some from business, others from IT and a few programmers. We can sit around a table and make a list of everything we can think of that we wish a computer could do now but can't. Then for each item on the list, we draw a flowchart, write a few paragraphs describing it, and get a patent. Then we just file them away and wait for people to sue! And get rich!
        cornpie
      • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

        @cornpie Unfortunately, you would be late to the party as many groups already do this. Plus, I believe someone has already patented your idea with a flowchart.

        Too slow joe!
        nategator
      • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

        @cornpie

        obviously you have never seen any of Apple's patents (and many other companies), use Google's patent look up (something Google probably created when they found out they were going to get sued over patents!) and check them out, many are scanned bar napkins.
        aiellenon
      • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

        @josh92 The little companies are already tired of it but the big companies will never tire of it until they start losing the patent wars. As long as large patent portfolios of dubious patents continue to keep the big boys from facing competition they will defend the patent system as mankind's only hope to ensure progress and economic prosperity with the conviction of a newly converted atheist.
        techadmin.cc@...
    • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

      @alhaddad.nasry@... Apple will not learn its lesson until they've been hit with an injunction prohibiting the sale of all quick booting Apple devices... and maybe not even then.
      techadmin.cc@...
    • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

      @alhaddad.nasry@...
      One selection is missing in the poll:
      Defective and needs to be DELETED promptly.

      It always looks stupid when someone is doing the same thing again and again in the same manner that did not work, and then expect a different and well working result.

      There is a reason most of the world do NOT have software patents and when the world looks at the US SW patent system, there is no desire to copy that failure.
      hkommedal
  • FAIL: Patenting the Obvious

    nt
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate!
    • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate!

      Ok..I agree with that.... :)
      bmonsterman
    • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate!

      I agree in this case wouldnt Microsoft and OEM's as well as Linux be sued for using Bios/EFI....
      Viper589
      • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

        @Knix96 The Fast Boot process is designed to quickly restore system state without processing a lot of configuration files and directives on boot. Only OS's that actively use a Fast Boot process that adheres to the claims are liable, and to my knowledge neither Windows or Linux does that. That's just my knowledge though, I could be wrong.
        hospitaler
      • RE: Apple hit with lawsuit over OS X fast booting

        @hopitaler Any time you put Windows to sleep and wake it back up, you're doing exactly this. This is true with any system that stores its state and allows you to load it. The difference is merely one of semantics. They're calling it fast boot as opposed to resuming a previously booted session, but it's functionally the same thing.
        darylsonnier