By Quandary Peak Research
Quandary Peak Research expert Dr. Shahin Nazarian was deposed in several IPR cases on March 15, March 16, April 4 and April 6, 2016. He was the lead testifying expert witness on six contested patents. Nazarian was asked to opine on the invalidity of US patents 6,519,659, 6,487,656, 6,633,976, 6,373,498, 6,401,202, and 6,892,304. Nazarian drew on his industrial and research skills in OS and firmware design and development from both hardware and software domains. He was engaged by Stadheim & Grear, who represented the patent owner, Kinglite Holdings Inc., against the petitioners, American Megatrends, Inc., Micro-Star International Co., Ltd, MSI Computer Corp., Giga-Byte Technology Co., Ltd., and G.B.T., Inc.
US 6,519,659: Method and System for Transferring an Application Program from System Firmware to a Storage Device
Basic Input and Output System (BIOS) firmware is the software shipped on a BIOS ROM or FLASH chipset with a PC system. Firmware is the ROM-based software that controls a computer between the time it is turned on and the time the primary OS (operating system) takes control of the machine. Firmware’s responsibilities include testing and initializing the hardware, determining the hardware configuration, loading or booting the OS, and providing interactive debugging facilities in case of faulty hardware or software.
This patent discloses a system and a method to deliver applications from system firmware to a storage device without the need for or availability of an OS and/or a directory service. Prior to booting an OS on the processor-based system, the stored instruction sequences cause the processor to write the contents of a storage element to the storage device.
This patent also teaches a system and a method to endow remote communication with a service computer to provide the user computer access a database. The method first writes the contents of at least one storage element to […]