WhitServe, which owns intellectual property but doesn't make any real products, is suing Apple over allegations that versions of the Mac OS X operating system infringe on a file viewer patent it holds.
The complaint, filed today in U.S. District Court in Connecticut, claims that Apple's Quick Look violates Patent No. 7,921,139, a system for "sequentially opening and displaying files in a directory."
Introduced in 2007 with Mac OS X Leopard, Apple's Quick Look allows users a convenient way to preview the contents of a document before opening it fully in an application. By selecting a file in the Finder and pressing the spacebar, users can view a window that shows a view of the contents of the file.
WhitServe said it is actively licensing the patent, which was granted in 2011, and has suffered as a result of Apple's inclusion of the technology in its operating system.
"The harm to WhitServe resulting from the infringing acts of Apple is irreparable, continuing, not fully compensable by money damages, and will continue unless enjoined by this Court," the company said in its lawsuit.
In addition to damages and court costs, WhitServe is seeking a permanent injunction against Apple's use of the technology.
CNET has contacted Apple for comment and will update this report when we learn more.
Apple - USE TAG
reading•Patent holder sues Apple over Quick Look file viewer
Jan 21•Galaxy S10: 7 things it needs to stay ahead of top rival Huawei
Jan 20•Been sleeping on smart lights? Time to wake up
Jan 19•Here's every iPhone ever made from 2007 to today
Jan 19•iPhone XS, iPhone XR: What you need to know about Apple's Smart Battery Case