“Apple Inc. won a court ruling that throws out a $625.5 million patent-infringement verdict over how documents are displayed on a computer screen,” Susan Decker and Dennis Robertson report for Bloomberg.
“A federal judge in Tyler, Texas, today said Apple didn’t infringe a patent owned by Mirror Worlds LLC and closed the case in Apple’s favor. The court also said the damage award was too high,” Decker and Robertson report. “The judge did uphold the validity of the three Mirror Worlds patents.”
“‘Mirror Worlds may have painted an appealing picture for the jury, but it failed to lay a solid foundation sufficient to support important elements it was required to establish under the law,’ U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis wrote,” Decker and Robertson report. “The trial focused on the Spotlight, Time Machine and Cover Flow features in Apple’s Mac operating systems. The jury on Oct. 1 said Apple was infringing three patents and awarded damages of $208.5 million for each patent. Apple had argued in court papers that the amount was too high and that it was improper to add the damages. Davis agreed, saying ‘the evidentiary record is insufficient to support the jury’s damage awards’ even if the infringement finding had been upheld.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Lynn W.,” “Manny S., and “James W.” for the heads up.]
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