Apple loses patent-infringement trial over Cover Flow, Time Machine

“Apple has lost a patent case against its Cover Flow and Time Machine interfaces, despite some of the infringement charges from claimant Mirror Worlds being ruled invalid,” Josh Ong reports for AppleInsider.

“Mirror Worlds LLC filed the lawsuit in 2008, alleging that Apple had infringed on patents for creating “streams” of documents sorted by time. According to Bloomberg, a federal jury sided with Mirror Worlds on Friday, although specific details of the ruling were unavailable,” Ong reports. “The judgment wasn’t completely one-sided, though. Legal news site Law360 noted (registration required) in August that some of Mirror Worlds’ claims again Apple had been ruled invalid for ‘indefiniteness.'”

Ong reports, “The lawsuit was submitted to the Tyler County court in eastern Texas, an area known for favoring patent owners. In a study by Stanford Law professor Mark Lemley, an analysis of ten years of patent lawsuits revealed that the Eastern District of Texas has a higher than average claimant win percentage and a better chance of going to trial.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]

80 Comments

  1. The Texas courts defends patent rights against infringers, particularly those with deep pockets like Apple, that believe they can take whatever they want from small companies with their teams of slimy lawyers.

    If Apple doesn’t believe in intellectual property rights, why don’t they quit filing patents?

  2. The Texas courts defends patent rights against infringers, particularly those with deep pockets like Apple, that believe they can take whatever they want from small companies with their teams of slimy lawyers.

    If Apple doesn’t believe in intellectual property rights, why don’t they quit filing patents?

  3. @ Gary,

    Apparently you haven’t been paying attention to some of the outrageous conclusions of these kangaroo courts. These are simply the results of corrupt judges and a jury pool of inbred, semi-literate hilljacks.

    Check out the demographics of this armpit of America and you can see why these clods can easily be bought off. Being in a dry county, they probably guzzle homemade moonshine and toke on their homegrown weed before they ride their mules to church on Sunday and do some good ol’ Bible thumping.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyler_County,_Texas

  4. @ Gary,

    Apparently you haven’t been paying attention to some of the outrageous conclusions of these kangaroo courts. These are simply the results of corrupt judges and a jury pool of inbred, semi-literate hilljacks.

    Check out the demographics of this armpit of America and you can see why these clods can easily be bought off. Being in a dry county, they probably guzzle homemade moonshine and toke on their homegrown weed before they ride their mules to church on Sunday and do some good ol’ Bible thumping.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyler_County,_Texas

  5. The patent trolls need to be put into their place. If you don’t actually create the product than you don’t have a valid argument and the patent is void. Gosh why don’t I patent every god dam idea under the sun and see what innovative company actually makes it happen. Yeah punish the person who has the guts and intellect to produce it in reality.

  6. The patent trolls need to be put into their place. If you don’t actually create the product than you don’t have a valid argument and the patent is void. Gosh why don’t I patent every god dam idea under the sun and see what innovative company actually makes it happen. Yeah punish the person who has the guts and intellect to produce it in reality.

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