updated 11:45 pm EDT, Thu October 25, 2012
Patent troll WhitServe awarded patent in 2011 five years after filing
Non-practicing entity WhitServe has filed a lawsuit against Apple in the US District Court for Connecticut. The suit alleges that Apple is violating its patent relating to a system for "sequentially opening and displaying files in a directory" with the Quick Look feature built into OS X since 2007's "Leopard" release. WhitServe claims to be actively licensing the 2011 patent, and has suffered from Apple's willful infringement of its patent.
"The harm to WhitServe resulting from the infringing acts of Apple is irreparable, continuing, not fully compensable by money damages, and will continue unless enjoined by this Court," the company said in its lawsuit. Apple's first use of the technology was in 2007. WhitServe filed for the patent in 2006, and was awarded ownership in 2011.
There has been no explanation of why the company waited almost two years after receiving the patent before suing Apple. WhitServe is seeking damages, court costs, and a permanent injunction against Apple's use of the technology. No court date has been set.