Monday, 1 October 2012

Apple sued over spreadsheet technology

Apple has been sued by a Texas-based company for allegedly infringing on a patent with its Numbers spreadsheet software.The complaint, which was filed on Wednesday with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Tyler Division, accuses Apple of infringing on a patent covering a "system and methods for improved spreadsheet interface with user-familiar objects" with its Numbers software.

Apple introduced numbers as part of its iWork '08 suite in 2007 in order to compete with Microsoft's Excel, and other spreadsheet applications. Apple went on to bring it to iOS as a standalone application in early 2010.
As expected, the lawsuit is asking for damages -- plus interest -- for infringement, as well as a permanent injunction on Apple's infringing products.

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