Patent Troll Sues Apple for Over Spreadsheet Intellectual Property
Apple is being sued by a Texas-based “non-practicing entity” over the alleged patent infringement of Apple’s Numbers spreadsheet software.
The court filing Wednesday with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, details the suit in which Data Engine Technologies LLC claims Apple’s Numbers application infringes on a 1995 patent for a "system and methods for improved spreadsheet interface with user-familiar objects.”
How this company isn’t suing Microsoft, IBM, and every other company with a data spreadsheet program is beyond me. The suit alleges Apple had prior knowledge of the patent No. 5,463,724. The patent shows the common spreadsheet graphical interface most Excel and Numbers users have come to recognize since forever.
Data Engine Technologies is seeking damages and an injunction against Apple’s offending products (Numbers). The only way DET’s will manage to squeeze any money out of Apple is if the two sides settle out of court. Or if Apple buys their company. Or lightning strikes Apple’s legal team during a Great White Shark attack on a leap year.