Samuel Lit, inventor of a patent titled "Information display system and method," has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit claims that Apple's website includes a carousel embedded in the site and contains five displays windows configured to display content and revolve at a predetermined rate of speed," which is specifically covered in Lit's patent claim #16. However, Patently Apple covered a patent filing from Apple back in July 2013 relating to a carousel view.
The key point though is that it was actually granted to Apple back in January 2013, or about 18 months prior to Lit's patent being granted. The patent is officially titled "Visual presentation of multiple internet pages."
Apple's patent claim #18 specifically states that "wherein user selection of a snapshot within the carousel-style representation of the page groupings results in display of the directly accessed page associated with the snapshot, if the selected snapshot is in the front position; and otherwise rotation of the carousel-style representation to place the selected snapshot in the front position."
It's going to be very difficult for Mr. Lit to make his case stick with Apple already having a patent on file regarding the use of a carousel 18 months earlier than his own.
The patent infringement case presented in today's report was filed in the Illinois Northern District Court. The Presiding Judge in this case is noted as being Judge John Robert Blakey.
Patently Apple is the first tech site reporting on this to have noted Apple's standing carousel patent.
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