Patents are one way for a company to lock down an idea. Unfortunately, sometimes patents are also a surefire way to get a lawsuit filed against you.Apple is no stranger to patents, or patent infringement cases, and one could imagine that a patent holding company like TriDim Innovations is not either. As revealed in a report published by MacRumors, the latter has filed a lawsuit infringement lawsuit against the former, stating that Apple has violated a pair of 3D workspace patents the company currently owns. The lawsuit was filed in a U.S. district court in Northern Arizona recently, but a judge has not yet been chosen to handle the proceedings.
According to the lawsuit, TriDim Innovations believes Apple is violating patents 5,838,326 and 5,847,709. These two patents outline the handling of documents within a 3D workspace. As far as what products Apple has on the market that are infringing these patents, the lawsuit has targeted Safari for iOS 7 and iOS 8, Cover Flow and Apple’s Time Machine.
“A computer controlled display system for displaying a three-dimensional document workspace is disclosed. One or more documents objects are present in the document workspace. The present invention provides for interaction with the collections, e.g. viewing, moving and storing, while balancing the necessary tradeoffs of rapid access, number of collections and associated documents, and available screen space.“
The pair of patents that TriDim has spotlighted were originally filed back in 1996, and were awarded to Xerox a couple of years later.
Ultimately, TriDim Innovations is requesting an unknown amount of money for damages due to the alleged infringement, and is aiming to get Apple to pay the overall court costs for the trial, as well as interest charged on top of it all.