Patently Apple has discovered that Apple has been hit with a new patent lawsuit regarding “fast booting” used in OS X. “Fast booting” is a method that utilizes boot configuration information from early booting processes to speed up the system during its startup process.
The lawsuit specifically states that Apple’s OS X violates “at least Claim 1” of the OSS patent. The claim in question 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.”
It is interesting to note that the patent and lawsuit associated with the patent application was filed back in 1999 and allocated to LG Electronics. LG can be considered a competitor to Apple since they also offer smartphones, but they mainly serve as a display supplier to Apple.
Whether LG has any stake in the patent is uncertain since the assignment on the patent has changed multiple times dating back to 2004. According to the report, LG passed the patent off to Microconnect LLC, but the patent was also passed along to Protimus Technologies LLC and ANPA Inc while also being reissued along the way. The lawsuit has been made by a Florida based company called Operating Systems Solutions LLC, and appears to be an unknown entity that might have been created specifically for the lawsuit.
Apple has been sued for patent and other types of lawsuits, not only by major corporations but also from smaller firms in the past.