Judge reverses $625M patent verdict against AppleJeanne C. Fromer in Venture Beat, April 04, 2011
A judge has reversed a recent $625 million ruling against Apple, according to reports in Bloomberg and Cnet.
The case involved a lawsuit brought against Apple by a company called Mirror Worlds, which alleged that Apple products (including Cover Flow, its interface for scrolling through album covers in iTunes) violated three Mirror Worlds patents. A jury found in Mirror Worlds’ favor in October and awarded Mirror Worlds $208.5 million for each patent.
At the time of the verdict, Associate Law Professor Jeanne C. Fromer of Fordham Law School told The New York Times that while the Eastern District of Texas has a reputation for being friendly to patent trolls, Mirror Worlds founder (and Yale computer science professor) David Gelertner didn’t seem to fit into that category. Instead, he was “a very respectable computer scientist attacking a very visible and core technology of Apple.”
However, Apple appealed, and now District Judge Leonard Davis (who heard the case last year) has closed the case in the company’s favor. In his ruling, he wrote that Mirror Worlds may have persuaded the jury, but “it failed to lay a solid foundation sufficient to support important elements it was required to establish under the law.”
Neither Apple spokespeople nor Mirror World attorney commented for Bloomberg or CNET. I’ve also emailed Apple for comment and will update if I hear back.