Not to be outdone by Motorola, Apple is going to try to win the numbers game by adding 12 more patents to their lawsuit to bring the total up to 24.
11 of the 12 patents are:
U.S. Patent No. 5,455,599: “Object-oriented graphic system”
U.S. Patent No. 5,519,867: “Object-oriented multitasking system”
U.S. Patent No. 5,566,337: “Method and apparatus for distributing events in an operating system”
U.S. Patent No. 5,915,131: “Method and apparatus for handling I/O requests utilizing separate programming interfaces to access separate I/O services”
U.S. Patent No. 5,929,852: “Encapsulated network entity reference of a network component system”
U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647: “System and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data”
U.S. Patent No. 5,969,705: “Message protocol for controlling a user interface from an inactive application program”
U.S. Patent No. 6,275,983: “Object-oriented operating system”
U.S. Patent No. 6,343,263: “Real-time signal processing system for serially transmitted data”
U.S. Patent No. 6,424,354: “Object-oriented event notification system with listener registration of both interests and methods”
U.S. Patent No. RE39,486: “Extensible, replaceable network component system”
The move to add the 12 patents to the suit is in response to Motorola attempting to invalidate the patents mentioned above.
Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs has said “We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it, we’ve decided to do something about it.”
[via Apple Insider]