Apple Sued Over OS X Disk Utility

Yet another lawsuit concerning Apple, Now it involves the Disk Utility found in OS X. The Disk Utility in OS X is used to manage disk related tasks including but not limited to, permission repair, disk repair, mounting, erasing, formatting, etc.

Well supposedly the Disk Utility application is infringing on a patent from back in 1998 from Software Restore Solutions. Apple is even aware that they are actively infringing on this patent and have not taken any action yet to resolve this complaint. From the complaint:

The patented technology enables, among otherfeatures, the automatic detection and resetting of computer software to a preferred configurationstatus upon discovery of certain configuration discrepancies. Defendant Apple makes, uses, offersto sell, sells and/or imports software that incorporates the patented technology.

In the suit the plaintiff has identified every version of Mac OS X as infringing: OS X v10, Mac OS X v10.0, MAC OS X v10.1, Mac OS X v10.2, Mac OS X v10.3, Mac OS Xv10.4, Mac OS X v10.5 and Mac OS X v10.6. Its not clear what kind of damages the company is seeking but I am sure more will be revealed as this goes to court.

The complaint was filed in a local Illinois court which is near the plaintiffs headquarters in Skokie, Illinois.

Software Restore Solutions vs. Apple August 17 2011


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