Last year, Apple was slapped with patent infringement charges. This time, however, it was a small time technology firm Mirror Worlds that had taken Apple to court.
Lost the battle, but won the war!
Apple, along with Cover Systems and Time Machine were accused of violating three patents held by Mirror Worlds in 2008. The patents in question dealt with the ‘card flipping technology’ that’s used while browsing through the iTunes library. The fine Apple was asked to cough up was a staggering $625m, which would have made it the biggest ever patent damages ever.
In one of the appeal hearings by Mirror Worlds, the federal jury in Tyler, Texas favored its decision with Mirror Worlds’s appeal. The company was awarded $208.5m in damages for each of the three alleged infringements. Everybody but Apple agreed to the verdict. Apple challenged the verdict on grounds of invalidity of Mirror Worlds’s claims. Apple’s claims led to yet another round of hearings. This time though, Judge Davis considered Mirror Worlds’ appeal rejected on grounds of inadequate evidence provided.