Source: Prior Smart
quote: "The suit alleges Microsoft "stole" the concept Live Tiles, which the plaintiffs claim they invented in 2000 and receive a patent for in 2004, with U.S. Patent 6,724,403."
quote: Microsoft appears to have known for some time about SurfStar's IP, so this suit shouldn't come as a big surprise. The electronics giant in 2005 tried to patent Live Tiles with U.S. Patent 7,933,632. The patent was finally granted in 2011, but only after Microsoft cited SurfStar's "relevant prior art".