Apple ordered to pay up to $625.5 million in damages to Mirror Worlds

“Apple Inc. was ordered by a jury to pay damages to Mirror Worlds LLC for infringing patents related to how documents are displayed on a computer screen,” Susan Decker reports for Bloomberg.

“The federal jury in Tyler, Texas, awarded $208.5 million in damages for each of the patents infringed. The verdict form was unclear as to whether the amount applies to the three patents collectively or would be charged individually. Lawyers for closely held Mirror Worlds declined to discuss the verdict,” Decker reports.

MacDailyNews Take: Tyler, Texas. Rocket Docket.

Decker reports, “Mirror Worlds, a software business started by a Yale University computer-science professor David Gelernter, claimed Apple’s iPod music device, iPhone and Mac computers infringed its patents. Apple challenged the validity of the patents and whether they were infringed, according to court records. Gelernter said after the verdict he was ‘tremendously grateful’ to his lawyers for ‘their overwhelmingly brilliant performance.'”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Excessive.

34 Comments

  1. @Bizarro

    Please go sell off all your Apple gear (at much better resale prices than used ickety PCrap) and go buy something from your so-called “open” garden of craptastic Windows dreck of your choice and join your fellow WinLemmings cavorting in their Fool’s Paradise (Pleasure Island? ) and leave us be. There are plenty of people rushing past you in a hurry from the down WinPOS direction to fill in the gap buying Macs at the Apple Store.

    And good freaking riddance of a clueless nuisance! Some people have to learn things the hard way.

  2. Did “Bizarro” say something today that FINALLY got his ass kicked off this site? Really?

    FANTASTIC! Haters and PCTrolls of his ilk have no place in civilized, intelligent discourse. Please, MDN moderator . . . do not let this “person” return! (And, yes, I’m all for free speech and all that, but only TO A POINT.)

  3. Did “Bizarro” say something today that FINALLY got his ass kicked off this site? Really?

    FANTASTIC! Haters and PCTrolls of his ilk have no place in civilized, intelligent discourse. Please, MDN moderator . . . do not let this “person” return! (And, yes, I’m all for free speech and all that, but only TO A POINT.)

  4. I see the judgement being reduced on appeal, to an amount which may seem large to us, but which Apple can pay with the change found under the sofas in their executive lounge.

    This stuff happens. I don’t for a minute believe Apple maliciously violated the patent.

    ——RM

  5. I see the judgement being reduced on appeal, to an amount which may seem large to us, but which Apple can pay with the change found under the sofas in their executive lounge.

    This stuff happens. I don’t for a minute believe Apple maliciously violated the patent.

    ——RM

  6. In a completely unrelated piece of trivia, the Yale professor who holds these patents – David Gelernter – was one of the victims of the Unabomber. He survived, obviously, but was rather seriously injured.

    – HCE

  7. In a completely unrelated piece of trivia, the Yale professor who holds these patents – David Gelernter – was one of the victims of the Unabomber. He survived, obviously, but was rather seriously injured.

    – HCE

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