Bloomberg is reporting that Apple opposing a verdict issued against them in a patent suit wherein Apple was slammed with a penalty that could be as large as $625.5 million for patent infringement with their Time Machine, Spotlight, and Cover Flow features in Mac OS X. The jury reached a verdict in favor of Mirror […]
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Apple Slammed With a $625 Million Judgement in a Patent Suit Regarding Spotlight, Time Machine, and Cover Flow

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple opposing a verdict issued against them in a patent suit wherein Apple was slammed with a penalty that could be as large as $625.5 million for patent infringement with their Time Machine, Spotlight, and Cover Flow features in Mac OS X. The jury reached a verdict in favor of Mirror Worlds LLC wherein each patent infringement cost Apple $208.5 million a piece.

Apple asked U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis for an emergency stay of the Oct. 1 verdict, saying there are outstanding issues on two of the three patents. Apple said patent owner Mirror Worlds would also be “triple dipping” if it were able to collect $208.5 million on each of the patents.

The patents were filed in 1999 by Yale professor David Gerlenter through Mirror Worlds Technologies which was a spin off created in 1996. The Mirror Worlds LLC of today, is a patent holding company based in Tyler Texas (an area of the country that is particularly sympathetic to patent lawsuits).

Davis also is considering Apple’s request, filed before the verdict, to rule the company doesn’t infringe two of the patents. The judge said that if he granted that request, he’d strike the amount of damages attributed to those two patents.

The judge presiding over the case has asked both sides to submit arguments regarding the damages awarded in the case.

Sure, Apple can afford the penalty, but $625 million is a lot of money by anyone’s count.

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