Cygnus (Systems) Files Patent Suit Against Microsoft, Google, Apple

Reini Urban
Fri Dec 26 23:32:00 GMT 2008

"Cygnus Systems has initiated a patent
infringement law suit with Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro Partners
against Microsoft, Google, and Apple Inc.  Cygnus is also a Microsoft
Certified Gold Partner. Cygnus Systems claims it has a patent (US
Patent 7346850 - System and method for iconic software environment
management, applied in 2001, issued March 18, 2008) on the way
simplified preview snapshots of different file types appear prior to
being fully opened by the user. The company says this exact feature
appears in Windows Vista, Mac OSX, Google Chrome, the iPhone, among
other applications. The exact amount of the suit was not fully
disclosed. The patent details can be found here."

Cygnus Systems, Inc.
25650 Goddard Road
Taylor, MI 48180  USA

Has this anything remotely to do with us?
I only know of the former company "Cygnus Solutions" (before called
"Cygnus Support")
but the merger with Redhat was already early 2000. The abbrevation in
the cited article might affect us. about the
cygnus history is a nice read, btw,
Reini Urban    

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