Apple did not infringe Mirror Worlds patent, court rules

“Apple Inc. won its appeal of a U.S. patent-infringement verdict related to a Yale University professor’s invention on how documents are displayed on a computer screen,” Susan Decker and William McQuillen report for Bloomberg.

“Apple didn’t infringe patents owned by Mirror Worlds LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington said today in a ruling posted on its website,” Decker and McQuillen report. “The court upheld a lower-court decision that tossed the 2010 jury verdict. ‘The evidence was insufficient to support the jury’s finding of infringement for all of the asserted claims,’ the appeals court wrote in today’s decision.”

Decker and McQuillen report, “The trial focused on the Spotlight, Time Machine and Cover Flow features in Apple’s Mac operating systems.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Gruffgoat” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Apple wins reversal of $625.5 million Mirror Worlds verdict – April 5, 2011
Apple wins patents for Cover Flow, Time Machine and Magic Mouse – October 5, 2010
Apple challenges $625.5 million jury verdict in Mirror Worlds patent infringement trial – October 4, 2010
Apple ordered to pay up to $625.5 million in damages to Mirror Worlds – October 4, 2010
Apple loses patent-infringement trial over Cover Flow, Time Machine – October 3, 2010
Mirror Worlds slaps Apple with patent infringement lawsuit over Time Machine – March 18, 2008


    1. I would think that having to pay their own lawyers and Apples lawyers should be enough to instill the Big Chill to sue in the first place. I don’t see why those who sue should get off the hook for causing all that trouble.

      1. When humans are desperate, their brains no longer use logic. Clearly, any kind of troll, be it our stupid little Samsung trolls or patent trolls, can’t get two neurons to fire correctly. They succeed only at being self-destructive.

  1. Sorry to be a worrywart, but if an appeals court can throw out a jury verdict on grounds no more solid than “we disagree with the jury”, how safe is Apple’s win against Samsung?


    1. I wont apologize for being a realist. Considering it was jury selected by Apple / Samsung, and Sammy were found to wilfully infringe, confirmed through their own emails no less, you may see triple damages, NOT an overturn.

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