Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Apple does not infringe claims of Mirror World patents

Bloomberg reports:

A federal judge in Tyler, Texas, on Monday said Apple didn't infringe a patent owned by Mirror Worlds LLC and closed the case in Apple's favor. The court also said the damage award was too high. U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis did uphold the validity of the three Mirror Worlds patents.

Mirror Worlds was founded by Yale University computer-science Professor David Gelernter

ZDNet included text from the decision by Judge Davis:

"The jury often relies on the representations of parties, who bear the burden of being accurate and complete and living up to the representations they make to the jury. No matter how attractive a party paints the facade of its case, it is worthless without the requisite foundational support,"

The accused infringing products included Cover Flow, Spotlight search, and Time Machine.

See also CNET's Apple wins reversal in Cover Flow patent case

***Recall background on Gelernter from wikipedia:

Gelernter received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in classical Hebrew literature from Yale University in 1976 and his Ph.D. from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook in 1982.

In 1993, Gelernter was critically injured opening a mailbomb sent by Theodore Kaczynski, who at that time was an unidentified but violent opponent of technology, dubbed by the press as "the Unabomber". He recovered from his injuries but his right hand and eye were permanently damaged.


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