Florida Company Sues Apple Because OS X Boots Too Fast

Posted in Apple, Apple News on 08/08/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler


A Florida company called OSS Systems (which may possibly be owned by LG) has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Apple, claiming that Apple’s fast booting method in OS X violates a 1999 LG patent detailing a method for quickly booting a computer.

An excerpt from the patent is as follows:

“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.”

In other words, Mac OS X simply boots faster than OSS Systems appreciates. This is one of the real problems with the patent system in the US – patents like this are so broad, general, and really unoriginal that they’re bound to be violated, often resulting in a quick cash-out for patent trolls.

  • Nickfx

    Except of course that the A part of the Patent mentions a test of the BIOS which OSX does not have.

    • Dan

      Show me any OS that has a BIOS you wont find one. BIOS is part of the motherboard, now they may need to communicate but it is not a specific part of the OS.

  • Guest

    All I can say to this is AYFKM??? Or in layman speak, Are You F****** Kidding Me?

  • At least its happening to Apple, they have more money lying around than the US government.

  • The whole concept of owning an idea is incredibly stupid.

    • res0416h

      If you had an idea that you spent groups of time and even invested money in to you might not see it this way. An idea is mine if I patent it first and that is the law in the US and my right as an american.


  • Aaphotojam

    I concur with you Ameer Gittens…but let’s not got too far

    “You think, that just because you have an idea that it belongs to you?”
    – Obadiah Stane

    A poor example, I know. I think intellectual property, such as art, writing, music, apps, games, inventions, and the like should be protected by law. But as you say, patenting generic software and hardware systems is like patenting DNA…stupid and obtuse

    • res0416h

      The area of an idea is protected by a trade mark or other means. It is the same as an invention or anything else. If I have an idea and do not act and protect it from others than it would ok for you to take it.

      Sorry I can’t agree to this sort of stand some of you guys are speaking of. 

  • That’s a bit ridiculous…

    • res0416h


  • Toledo8904

    So its patent trolling when someone sues Apple, but when Apple sues everyone who manufactures ‘handheld touchscreen multimedia devices’ it isn’t? Fanboy alert!

  • The patent is stupid from the base

  • That is the sad part of being a successful company. Those who can’t compete just try to attack the big dogs in hopes of a quick settlement out of court for quick cash.

  • Alex

    when the USA will finally close down their patent office? in the field of IT it is completely ridiculous and stops the innovations 

    • res0416h

      What makes you think they will not protect your ideas and such? Where did you hear that they at some point will not protect the IT area just like the rest of things submitted? I may have missed that report.

  • Everybody just wanna sue Apple. Even though it should be Apple that sued everybody for copying there interface and hardware.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.