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середа, 6 квітня 2011 р.

Judge Reverses $625.5 Million Verdict Against Apple

A federal judge in Tyler, Texas this week ruled that Apple didn't infringe a patent owned by Mirror Worlds LLC, throwing out a $625.5 million patent infringement verdict over how documents are displayed on a computer screen, according to a Bloomberg report. At the same time, the judge did uphold the validity of the three Mirror Worlds patents, but said the damage award was too high.

"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.

Mirror Worlds, which was founded by a Yale University professor, sued Apple in 2008 alleging that Mac computers infringed its patents over document display technology. In particular, Mirror Worlds took issue with Spotlight, Time Machine, and Cover Flow features in Apple's Mac OSes.

A jury agreed with Mirror Worlds back in October, awarding the company $208.5 million in damages for each of the three patents. However, Apple was successful in arguing that the damages were too high and shouldn't be added together.

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