The Live Tiles feature provided by Microsoft on Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8 is definitely an intuitive way to get relevant information on the home screen of your device without having to open up an app. This particular is one of the favorites of many features in the line of new operating systems from the Redmond based operating system giant. But soon after the company released the operating systems to the market, it has been sued over this very particular feature.
The company suing Microsoft for its Live Tiles is called SurfCast. It is a small operating system technology designing company, and is suing Microsoft after 2 years since its introduction in Windows Phone 7.
SurfCast filed for patent # 6,724,403 back in October, 2000, and the patent was issued to the company in April, 2004. The company describes the feature as tiles that “can be thought of as dynamically updating icons. A Tile is different from an icon because it can be both selectable and live — containing refreshed content that provides a real-time or near-real-time view of the underlying information.”
This is more or less what Microsoft offers in its Live Tiles. SurfCast goes on to say that as the Redmond based company allows third party developers to create Live Tiles that can display dynamic information on the home screen, these developers are also infringing the patents. According to the company, all versions of Windows 8 and Windows RT infringe the patent, but not Windows Phone 8.
SurfCast has ordered Microsoft to “account and pay to SurfCast all damages caused to SurfCast by reason of Microsoft’s patent infringement.” A lot of law experts say that this is a small company and is trolling with Microsoft for some money. So they say that is a chance Microsoft may cool the issue down with a settlement and not let the suit carry on longer.
Source: Slash Gear