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.”