Apple, Google and Microsoft sued over thumbnails

by admin December 27, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Apple, Google and Microsoft have all been targeted in a lawsuit related to software technology, reports say. The three have been accused by Cygnus System of violating US patent 7,346,850, System and method for iconic software environment management. In depth, the patent describes “a method and system for storing, navigating, and accessing files within an operating system through the use of a graphical thumbnail representing the video display of the active document within the active application.”

The patent may therefore cover software like Apple’s Cover Flow and Microsoft’s Windows Explorer, both of which are capable of showing previews of documents via thumbnail images.

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