Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Wins Favourable Ruling in Cover Flow Patents Dispute

A U.S. district court judge settled a patent lawsuit between Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) and Mirror Worlds in favour of Apple saying that there was insufficient evidence that the iPhone maker had infringed on Mirror's patents.

Earlier a Texas jury has found Apple liable for infringing several of Mirror's patents and awarded it over $600 million in damages. However the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington set aside the jury verdict. Judge Davis, on Tuesday ruled that Mirror World's had failed to provide sufficient evidence of infringement. "..The necessary evidence was not put before the jury to support the verdict of infringement or damages."

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Mirror Worlds, a company founded by Yale university computer science Professor David Gelerntner, had asserted that the joint operation of Apple's Cover Flow graphical user Interface, Time Machine ad Spotlight Searches infringed on its own patents for a similar feature.

The federal circuit admitted that Apple had avoided several of the patents claims because its mechanism did not include the equivalent of a cursor or pointer as required by the claims.

Apple is engaged in several lawsuits - a dozen of them across four continents - with several companies over patent infringements. However, in most cases it has been Apple which has initiated the lawsuits as it feels that other companies were infringing on its patents.

Recently a San Jose federal court awarded it more than a billion dollars in damages in a patents dispute with Samsung, upholding its claims that the Korean company had copied the designs of its mobile devices.

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