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Pennsylvania Man Sues Apple Over Web Carousel Use

Pennsylvania resident Samuel Lit has hit Apple with a lawsuit claiming that the company infringed on his patent for web carousels, according to documents filed in the Northern Illinois District Court (via AppleInsider). Apple's website typically features a homepage with a carousel containing four to five windows displaying its products.

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Lit owns U.S. Patent No. 8,793,330, which is a "system and method for displaying graphics, art, text, animation, video and other content." It's described as a "three-dimensional 'Display Carousel' system" that can cycle through its windows in a rotating manner that makes it look like a carousel at a predetermined speed.

The lawsuit claims that Apple's website, which also has a system that cycles through windows in a rotating manner at a predetermined speed, infringes some or all of the 20 claims of the patent. Some of Apple's infringements on Claim 16 include having a "system for displaying content," a "display carousel embedded" into the website, a display engine to deliver the carousel content when its on a web browser, and a database to track how many customers purchase things linked from the carousel.

Lit is seeking "reasonable" royalties with interest. While Lit is a radio broadcaster, he used to work with software systems and engines for Hy Lit Radio Technologies, which was named after his father Hy Lit, another radio broadcaster. He previously attempted to monetize his patent via a website called YourDisplayCarousel.com but the site shut down in December.



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38 months ago
Filed in 2008

Javascript Carousel existed before 2008

2006: http://billwscott.com/carousel/updates.html
2007: http://www.gmarwaha.com/blog/2007/08/09/jcarousel-lite-a-jquery-plugin/


Congrats Apple Lawyers. I did your job for you.
Rating: 68 Votes
38 months ago
This is a joke? May as well sue the entire internet. Bloody patent trolls...
Rating: 54 Votes
38 months ago
Wow... he got a patent on that?
Kill me now.

Glassed Silver:mac
Rating: 31 Votes
38 months ago
This guy's lit.
Rating: 22 Votes
38 months ago

Filed in 2008

didn't the iPhone already have a Carousel?

Even Mac OS X Panther in 2003 had a carousel animation when switching users, and MacOS still uses it to this day...
Rating: 19 Votes
38 months ago
Another BS patent case. Apple's "carousel" isn't even 3D.
Rating: 18 Votes
38 months ago
My bus stop has a poster in it which regularly scrolls to a different advertisement. I've seen these for 20 years. Frivolous lawsuit.
Rating: 16 Votes
38 months ago

Wow... he got a patent on that?
Kill me now.

Glassed Silver:mac


I could kill you but then I would be suit because I bet the way I am going to kill is already patented.
Rating: 14 Votes
38 months ago
Just goes to show you that if you're going to run a large tech company,...

... you're going to have to put your lawyers to work on stupidness.
Rating: 14 Votes
38 months ago
More evidence to reform the patent office. Software, ideas, business methods. All retarded.
Rating: 13 Votes

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