Apple sued over fast booting OS X patent

8 Aug 2011

Apple is being sued for OS X’s fast booting operation, a patent which was originally owned by LG Electronics.

Patently Apple reports that a company called Operating Systems Solutions alleges that the operating system infringes “at least claim 1 of the OSS Patent.”

Claim 1 is “a method for fast booting a computer system, comprising the steps of: A. performing a power on self test (POST) of basic input output system (BIOS) when the system is powered on or reset is requested; B. checking whether a boot configuration information including a system booting state which was created while executing a previous normal booting process exists or not; C. storing the boot configuration information from execution of the POST operation before loading a graphic interface (GUI) program, based on the checking result; and D. loading the graphic user interface (GUI) program.”

The patent was originally issued to LG Electronics in 2002. It was allegedly reissued to Operating Systems Solutions in 2008. LG Electronics does not seem to be included in the suit.

Operating Systems Solutions wants injunctive relief, damages and the destruction of all advertisements for “the infringing method.”

The company are reportedly based in Florida, but does not appear to have a web presence. CNET reports it does not have direct contact information, either.