Apple has appealed against a $625.5m (£393.5m) fine imposed for three patent violations in its Cover Flow technology.
The patents cover document viewing software in Apple’s Cover Flow software, used across the Mac, iPhone and iPod platforms, and well as some of the capabilities of the Time Machine backup system and the search capabilities of Spot Light.
Apple has asked the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas for an emergency stay on a verdict awarding local software developer Mirror World LLC $208.5m (£131m) per violation. It accuses Mirror Worlds of “triple dipping” the patent awards and disputes two of the patent judgments, according to Bloomberg.
In a filing yesterday, Apple asked US District Judge Leonard Davis for a stay on the 1 October verdict until the issues are resolved. The arguments are needed “in light of counsel for Mirror Worlds’ erroneous and objectionable suggestion that, among other things, damages should be cumulative while at the same time suggesting that Mirror Worlds was not ‘triple-dipping,’” Apple said.
Whatever the judge's final verdict the founder of Mirror Worlds, David Gelernter, will receive $208.5m. Gelernter set up Mirror Worlds as a software development house but the company folded in 2003.
He was previously best known for being a victim of the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski after being seriously injured in 1993 by a mail bomb while a professor of computer science at Yale.
The US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas is known as being one of the most patent-friendly courts in the land, most recently fining Microsoft $200m (£126m) and blocking the sale of Word for patent infringement.
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