Apple Sued Over Infringing Upon File Viewing Patent

Apple has, for the umpteenth time, found itself back in court over alleged patent infringement. WhitServe (PDF) is suing the firm for purportedly infringing upon a file viewing patent.

The firm argues that Apple's Quick Look function, which made its debut back in 2007 on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard with the feature now integrated on all current Mac systems, breaches its U.S. Patent No. 7,921,139.

Entitled "System for sequentially opening and displaying files in a directory," the patent relates to software being able to open and close files in a near full-view mode. Apple's Quick Look enables users to view a folders' content without having to open the folder itself.

WhitServe, however, claims its software also allows users to view multiple files and edit them, with the software's licence being used by numerous unnamed organizations. 

The "harm to WhitServe resulting from the infringing acts of Apple is irreparable, continuing [and] not fully compensable by money damages." Subsequently, the firm is pursuing a "preliminary and permanent" injunction against Apple, accompanied by court fees and damages.

It should be noted that WhitServe's application for the patent was submitted in 2006, with the authorities granting it on April 5, 2011.


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  • bllue
    Here's hoping Apple loses
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  • guru_urug
    This is what happens when a successful company starts thinking of itself as invincible...Apple had everything going for itself at the start of this year. Thought it was the authority in court. And had the power and money(undoubtedly) to sue and twist the patents in its favor. It generated a lot of hate from consumers, but apple kept that 'nothing can touch us' attitude. Its totally relying on its apple followers now cause this attitude has really pissed off a lot of people and not just geeks even common folk now recognize apple as a monopoly who aren't really as innovative and innocent as they call themselves. And they are just milking their same device in different sizes. Towards the end of 2012, I see many companies suing Apple, be it with their watch design or this now. Also with Apple maps fiasco I have seen people irritated with their strategy to just change screen sizes and adding new connectors. Are these cracks in invincible Apple....I think so. Never should a company think they are greater than the law and the masses.
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  • fonzy
    Might as well sue them before they find a reason to sue you.
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  • guru_urug
    This is what happens when a successful company starts thinking of itself as invincible...Apple had everything going for itself at the start of this year. Thought it was the authority in court. And had the power and money(undoubtedly) to sue and twist the patents in its favor. It generated a lot of hate from consumers, but apple kept that 'nothing can touch us' attitude. Its totally relying on its apple followers now cause this attitude has really pissed off a lot of people and not just geeks even common folk now recognize apple as a monopoly who aren't really as innovative and innocent as they call themselves. And they are just milking their same device in different sizes. Towards the end of 2012, I see many companies suing Apple, be it with their watch design or this now. Also with Apple maps fiasco I have seen people irritated with their strategy to just change screen sizes and adding new connectors. Are these cracks in invincible Apple....I think so. Never should a company think they are greater than the law and the masses.
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  • panini
    AFAIK Apple's Quick Look doesn't allow you to edit any files…
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  • bllue
    Here's hoping Apple loses
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