Here’s a lawsuit that probably should have cropped up in 2010 if the plaintiff is serious about it. A company called SurfCast is suing Microsoft for the design and function of live tiles in Windows 8. The Portland, Maine company claims to have developed the live tiles feature. The SurfCast website says tiles it created “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.” That certainly sounds like the definition of a live tile.
SurfCast claims that Microsoft has infringed on its patent and that Microsoft had knowledge of SurfCast’s patent as early as April 2009. Microsoft has yet to respond to these allegations. The number of litigation suits in the mobile space is certainly tiring. What do you guys think?