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Apple challenges a court ruling

Steve Jobs can't be wrong, m'lud
Tue Oct 05 2010, 11:16

THE PEDDLER of Iphones, Apple is challenging a jury verdict awarding more than $625.5 million to Mirror Worlds for infringing patents related to how documents are displayed digitally.

Jobs' Mob briefs have asked US District Judge Leonard Davis for an emergency stay of the verdict handed down on 1 October, saying that there are outstanding issues on two of the three patents.

Apple claimed that Mirror Worlds would also be "triple dipping" if it were able to collect $208.5 million on each of the patents.

Mirror Worlds was founded by Yale University computer-science Professor David Gelernter, and it sued Apple in 2008, claiming that Jobs' Mob's Ipod music device, Iphone and Mac computers infringed its patents on a way documents are displayed on a computer screen.

Apple challenged the validity of the patents and some claims were thrown out before the case went to the jury.

The trial was focused on Apple's Spotlight, Time Machine and Cover Flow features. Cover Flow lets users scroll through album cover art while browsing for music in their Itunes library. The feature also works for documents, pictures and other material stored in a computer. Spotlight searches the computer's hard drive, while Time Machine automatically saves copies of files.

When the jury told Steve Jobs he had not thought different enough and ordered Apple to pay $625.5 million the award was the second largest jury verdict in 2010 and the fourth largest damages award for patent infringement in US history.

An Apple lawyer, Jeffrey Randall of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, told jurors that the patents had not sold for much so they couldn't be worth bothering about.

Gelernter must be used to dealing with people who don't like him. He wrote "Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber" about his recovery from a bomb sent by Theodore Kaczynski in 1993 that damaged his right hand and eye.

After getting over that, successfully suing Apple was easy, we reckon. µ




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