Apple Sued Over OS X Fast Booting

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Apple has been sued by a Florida company, Operating Systems Solutions LLC (OSS), that claims the fast booting capabilities of Mac OS X violates one of its patents. While OSS owns the patent now, it was originally owned by LG Electronics and granted in 2002, according to Patently Apple.

As quoted by Patently Apple, the part of the patent that OSS claims is being violated says:

“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.”

While Patently Apple says that it’s not clear if LG Electronics has a stake in this lawsuit, the site did not that the new LG Tablet could be the reason for “a possible indirect connection.” No further information about OSS LLC was available as this article was published, although, as Patently Apple noted, “these types of cases are usually the specialty practice of Patent Trolls.”

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This is way over my head but does stored to the hard disk weigh in to the discussion. The MBA doesn’t seem mentioned in the article or suit and is left out of What Patent Claim 1 Actually States described on Patently Apple. The MBP does have a hard disk drive but if what ever is in question is stored elsewhere, does that enter into the picture?

It’s like a dreary Dal? quagmire in search of a kerfuffle.


Yet another example of why software patents must die.

Dorje Sylas

When was the last time a Mac used a BIOS? My brain wants to say never. No POST on BIOS seems like a different process. Maybe LG should have made a more generic patent. Seems patent trolls are at their best when patents are vague and rather open.


This is the description of the patent, not the claims, which are completely different.

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