Apple Fighting A $625.5 Million Patent Verdict From Lawsuit Filed By Mirror Worlds

Posted Oct 4, 2010

Mirror Worlds LLC, a company founded by Yale computer science professor David Gelernter (pictured above) took Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to court about infringing patents related to how documents are digitally displayed. Apple asked U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis for an emergency stay of the October 1 verdict that there are outstanding issues on 2 out of the 3 patents.

Apple said that Mirror Worlds would be “triple dipping” if they collected $208.5 million on each of the patents. Apple is also challenging the validity of the patents and whether they were actually infringing them.

The patents focus on Spotlight, Time Machine, and Cover Flow features on the Mac OS X operating system. Cover Flow lets you view album cover art when browsing music on iTunes. Spotlight allows you to search for files when searching through the operating system and Time Machine automatically saves copies of files.

Apple lawyer Jeffrey Randall of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker told the jury that Mirrow Worlds patents had been sold already. Judge Davis is considering Apple’s request filed before the verdict to rule that Apple does not infringe two of the patents. If Apple is granted the request, the judge would strike the amount of the damages.

Gelernter wrote two books called “Mirror Worlds: or the Day Software Puts the Universe in a Shoebox” and “Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber.” The Drawing Life book focuses on Gerlernter’s recovery from a right hand and eye injury from a bomb that was sent to him by Theodore Kaczynski in 1993.