A Florida based company called Operating Systems Solutions (OSS) has filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming patent infringement. Apparently they are saying saying the Apple’s new MAC OS X fast-boot feature that many new and past customers of Mac have started to fall in love with is infringing on one of its patents.
According to the lawsuit, Apple violates at least claim 1 of the OSS patent which reads as follows:
“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.”
Now the patent in questions seems to have changed hands from the original granted company, LG Electronics in 2002 and then to Promitus Technologies LLC sometime in 2008. There is still some speculation as to how Operating Systems Solutions acquired the patent and I am sure Apple will have their hands fill with this additional legal situation. These patent suits in the electronics industry have really taken a huge turn and I am sure many lawyers are loving every minute of it.