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Apple Wins $625 Million Patent Appeal

David Gilbert


Apple Wins $625 Million Patent Appeal

Apple's on a bit of a roll in the courts of late. A couple of weeks ago we saw Nokia's claim against Apple thrown out and this week we see a Judge overturn an award of $625 million against the company for patent violation.

Last October, a federal jury in Texas decided that Mirror Worlds deserved to get $208.5 million from Apple for each of three patents it believed the Cupertino company had violated. The patents relate to Spotlight search, Time Machine and Cover Flow in Mac OS which the small technology firm held. However this week Judge Leonard Davis overturned the jury's decision, following an appeal by Apple, stating that Mirror Worlds failed to properly make their case.

The action began back in 2008 when Mirror Worlds founder, Yale University computer-science Professor David Gelernter, sued Apple over perceived patent infringements. He was vindicated in October last year but has now lost out on a major payday. However, that may not be the end of the matter as Judge Davis upheld the patents but didn't make the right arguments: “Mirror Worlds may have painted an appealing picture for the jury. But it failed to lay a solid foundation sufficient to support important elements it was required to establish under the law." So while the Judge respected the verdict of the jury, he basically said that they were swayed by the beautiful words from Mirror Worlds legal team rather than any real facts.

With legal battles being waged throughout the world between technology companies over patents - and Google bidding for a load of patents just to avoid such legal battles - we're sure it's not going to be long before we see Apple back before a judge.

Source: BBC


April 8, 2011, 12:14 am

Thankfully we don't have software patents in the UK yet.

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