(The Hosting News) – Microsoft’s tile style for its recently launched Windows 8 operating system is nothing new. It’s been readily visible since the company unveiled Windows Phone 7 back in 2010.
But that notion didn’t stop an obscure tech company from filing suit against Microsoft over what it considers patent infringement.
Microsoft’s live tiles notably replace the Windows start screen and feature app icons constantly updated with the latest application information.
However, it wasn’t all the Windows-developer’s idea, if SurfCast is to be believed. The company points to four separate patents, spanning filing dates ranging from 2000 to 2008.
“We developed the concept of Tiles in the 1990s, which was ahead of its time. Microsoft’s Live Tiles are the centerpiece of Microsoft’s new Operating Systems and are covered by our patent,” commented company CEO Ovid Santoro.
The lawsuit was filed via the Federal District Court of Maine. According to SurfCast’s website, some company founders and directors have had past affiliations with companies including IBM, Cisco and Perot Systems. The company’s website, however, doesn’t contain much information – appearing quite vague in detail.
Despite that, the company described the tile concept via its homepage. “ Tiles 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.”
It’s not the first time Microsoft has had controversy over its Windows 8 operating system. The company previously stopped calling the style of Windows 8 “metro” following a legal talk with what the company said was “an important European partner.” Windows 8 was released on Friday.