December 27, 2008

Microsoft, Google and Apple Sued Over Icon Patent by Cygnus Systems

It is pretty amazing to hear that Microsoft, Google and Apple were sued over icon patent by a small company in Michigan called Cygnus Systems.

Cygnus Systems claims that it holds US 7,346,850 called “System and method for iconic software environment management.” Its abstract describes "a method and system for storing, navigating, and accessing files within an operating system through the use of a graphical thumbnail representing the video display of the active document within the active application."

The patent is similar to the Windows Explorer or Apple Finder or Google Chrome. If the three big companies can't find any suitable solution, they will have to pay for their action.


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