Apple is Sued Over OS X’s Disk Utility

Lately, you seem to hear the word “Apple” and “lawsuits” going together a lot. Usually, it’s Apple suing another company such as Samsung or HTC, but this time, it’s Apple who’s the defendant. A company named Software Restore Solutions has filed a complaint which claims that Apple infringed on their patent with their Disk Utility tool built in to Mac OS X.

The complaint says that Disk Utility copied a feature in a workgroup network manager patent from 1998. It also claims that Apple knows that it is infringing on the patent, but that it continued to show “deliberate indifference” toward the consequences.

It is still unclear whether the plaintiff contacted Apple about it’s supposed violations. The lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of Illinois court, near Software Restore Solutions’ headquarters in Skokie.

SRS’s history is full of lawsuits against other companies, including Apple, and it is a Limited Liability Company (LLC) which doesn’t even have a website! It seems that it only exists to collect royalties from other companies and sue over patent infringement. Any ideas about what this company actually does (besides suing)? Leave your ideas in the comments!

P.S. Opinion: I sure hope this doesn’t get very far because Disk Utility is one of the most important utilities built into OS X.

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