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Micrografx owns graphics in Android phones – and GOOGLE MAPS

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Google, Motorola and Samsung are fielding new patent suits from Corel-owned Micrografx over graphics rendering, covering a slew of Android-based products as well as the Chocolate Factor's Google Maps.

Micrografx – a brand that faded from view more than a decade ago after its acquisition by Corel – is claiming that both Samsung and Google (jointly with Motorola) infringe three of its patents.

The patents are US 5,959,633, 6,057,854, and 6,552,732.

The '633 patent's central claim covers:

“1. A computerized system comprising:

  • a storage medium;
  • a processor coupled to the storage medium;
  • a computer program stored in the storage medium, the computer program operable to run on the processor, the computer program further operable to:
  • access an external shape stored outside the computer program, the external shape comprising external capabilities; and
  • delegate the production of a graphical image of the external shape to the external capabilities".

The '854 and '732 patents cover vector graphics processing over a network – with a particular eye to improving Internet graphics performance – and formed the basis of the Quicksilver product.

In its filing against Samsung, Micrografx lines up the Chromebook and a bunch of products in the Galaxy range, while its filing against Google/Motorola names products in the Nexus, and Droid ranges, along with the Moto X, Photon Q 4G, Chromebook Pixel, Chrome browser, and Google Maps. ®

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