The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to get the most feathers with the least hissing - Jeane Baptiste Colbert
That's thanks to a company called Surfcast, which filed a lawsuit against Microsoft on Monday claiming that the firm infringes four of its patents relating to its "Grid and Tile user interface" in its Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 operating systems.
The company is asking Microsoft to pay damages for infringing the patents, which include patent 6,724,403 (403), a "System and method for simultaneous display of multiple information sources" and 7,933,632 (632), a "Tile space user interface for mobile devices".
According to Surfcast, Microsoft had knowledge of the 403 patent since as early as April 21, 2009.
On its website the company it keen to talk up its Tile concept. It says, "The Surfcast inventors conceived the Grid & Tile User Interface over 10 years ago.
"Tiles 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," it continues, words that might have Microsoft quaking in its boots.
Microsoft has not yet responded to our request for comment. µ
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