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Apple wins Mirror Worlds patent infringement appeal

Jury verdict worth $625 million has been overturned
Tue Apr 05 2011, 10:28

MAKER OF ITHINGS Apple has won a lawsuit brought against it by Mirror Worlds over alleged patent infringement, as a jury verdict worth $625.5 million has been overturned.

In 2008 Mirror Worlds sued Apple, accusing it of infringing three of its patents relating to computer document display. Mirror Worlds claimed that Apple was using its document display technology in Spotlight, Time Machine and Cover Flow on its Mac computers. Apple denied it was infringing the patents and questioned the validity of the patents at issue.

US District Judge Leonard Davis ruled that Apple did not infringe the patents. He said that Mirror Worlds "painted an appealing picture" to the jury, but it failed to provide sufficient evidence to support the jury's damage award. He also said that the damages the company were attempting to claim were too high, an argument put forward by Apple in its appeal.

Despite Apple's challenge, Davis ruled that the patents, although not infringed, remain valid, according to Bloomberg.

The trial outcome in October of last year was not in Apple's favour, with the jury deciding that the company committed patent infringement. It awarded damages of $208.5 million per patent, making a total of $625.5 million. It appears that the size of the damages claimed was a deciding factor in Apple's appeal of the verdict, which makes us wonder if a smaller damages award might have resulted in Apple's appeal being denied. µ


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