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Maine firm sues Microsoft over Windows 8 elements

PORTLAND, Maine — A small technology company in Portland has filed a patent­infringement lawsuit against Microsoft Corp. over elements included in Windows 8.

SurfCast Inc. filed the complaint Tuesday in US District Court in Portland, seeking unspecified damages.

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The lawsuit claims Microsoft is using elements known as live tiles, rectangular icons linked to websites, apps, and other items. SurfCast says it developed the elements in the 1990s. The suit claims Microsoft is using the tiles technology on operating systems including the recently launched Windows 8. Microsoft said it is confident it can prove the claims are without merit.

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