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.
Barring any last minute changes, Apple is up against a $625.5 million judgment against Mirror Worlds, which sued the Cupertino company in 2008 for alleged patent infringement, Bloomberg reports.
The original lawsuit accuses Apple's iPod device, iPhone, and Mac OS X of infringing on a number of Mirror Worlds' patents for a way documents are displayed on a computer screen. According to Bloomberg, the trial honed in specifically on the Spotlight, Time Machine, and Cover Flow features in Apple's OSes, which eventually led to the second biggest jury verdict so far this year, and the fourth biggest patent verdict in U.S. history.
In response to the $625.5 million judgment, Apple has issued an emergency motion that accuses Mirror Worlds of "triple dipping" if it wins $208.5 million for each of the three patents in dispute.