Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

Summary: Apple could be facing what might be one of the largest patent awards on record  - $625.5 million - if a judge upholds a ruling issued Friday that the company infringed on three patents held by a technology company founded by Yale University computer science professor David Gelernter, the Wall Street Journal reported late Monday.

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Apple could be facing what might be one of the largest patent awards on record  - $625.5 million - if a judge upholds a ruling issued Friday that the company infringed on three patents held by a technology company founded by Yale University computer science professor David Gelernter, the Wall Street Journal reported late Monday.

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A federal jury in Eastern District of Texas on Friday recommended that Apple pay damages of $208.5 million for each of the three patents owned by Mirror Worlds LLC. On Sunday, Apple filed an emergency motion with the court seeking a stay in the verdict. The company reportedly argued that there were "oustanding issues" with two of the three patents and that that justified the stay.

The suit was filed in 2008 and cites patents "covering how data is organized in streams and displayed." The culprits: iPods, iPhones and Macs with "Cover Flow," which allows users to flip through images of files; Spotlight, which allows users to search for files on the computer and Time Machine, which is file backup software.

The ruling would be large but not the largest. The largest patent case was $1.67 billion last year against Abbott Laboratories won by a biotech unit of Johnson & Johnson and NYU, the WSJ reported.

Separately, the WSJ noted that Gelernter is known "for inventions used in computer communication and distributed programming systems," as well as being the target of Theodore Kaczynski in a 1993 mailbomb incident that left him critically injured. His company was based on ideas for his 1991 book, "Mirror Worlds: or the Day Software Puts the Universe in a Shoebox…How it Will Happen and What It Will Mean."

Gelernter was featured in a ZDNet post last year, "Visions of cloud computing and Web 2.0, circa 1990s: the world catches up to Yale's David Gelernter,"which noted his predictions of the World Wide Web and cloud computing, as well as his work in Semantic Web.

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  • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

    Watch how quickly Apple comes out against software patents.
    zaphod778
    • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

      @zaphod778 ..."Big N" is having trouble sleeping at night, worrying that Apple will try to patent his balls.
      Feldwebel Wolfenstool
      • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

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        angel tenan
      • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

        Profit Pod comes to mind
        Oh wait, that was just suing on the "POD"name.

        I wonder if Birdseye had to pay Apple for the use of Pod

        Peas in the Pod? and so forth
        Ndusel
      • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

        Yes, it does. It's one of the very few times Apple has sued over a software patent, without it being a counter-suit.
        Ndusel
      • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

        Just do a google search on the terms "apple sues" and you will see 4 in the first page of results. I didn't look beyond page one and also counted the 20 different patents they are suing HTC over as just one.
        Ndusel
      • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

        Could you please enumerate the software patent suits instigated by Apple? Not the counter-suits; just the ones that Apple filed first.
        Ndusel
      • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

        Maybe it's time for Apple to rethink the suits it has filed against others
        I suspect that Apple's insistence in filing suits left and right against innovations created by its competitors did not and will not help them win this case.
        Ndusel
      • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

        There is no justice for the poor only for the rich. there is no honor among the large companies just greed. Apple is not the worst offender but they are an offender and should pay up.
        Ndusel
      • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

        Apple and MS now seek to be able to crush new inventions at their birth when they are most vulnerble to be crushed by Money posing as justice.
        Ndusel
      • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

        The patent system is broken and getting worse by the ministrations of fat cats like Apple and MS who having fed on others ideas now want to make sure they don't have to pay for their use.
        Ndusel
      • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

        Apple is hardly an inventive company relying almost exclusively on the inventive ability of others and particularly small and independent inventors.
        Ndusel
      • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

        You know, maybe Microsoft would have benefitted from being broken up. If Windows was free of Balmer, maybe Windows Vista and 7 maybe would have been as elegant as OS X. But instead, we got Windows 2000 with a Windowblinds skin.
        Ndusel
      • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

        Or that you're are totally wrong?
        Eventually after the appeals they were essentially found not guilty by reason of extreme wealth
        Ndusel
      • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

        Remember, Microsoft was once ordered broken up by a judge. Eventually after the appeals they were essentially found not guilty by reason of extreme wealth.
        Ndusel
      • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

        @Feldwebel Wolfenstool I see the pricing has been release, bot can't find anyplace that mentioned how much storage is included. While the licensing costs are very reasonable, I wonder if there are any surprise costs. i.e. how much storage is included in the 25 user plan and how much does it cost for extra storage?
        Arabalar
      • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

        @Feldwebel Wolfenstool Also, Microsoft has already committed to owning OS updates for WP7. They've adoped a completely new strategy since Windows Mobile. Handset makers and wireless carriers will no longer get to dictate which phones receive OS upgrades. Based on how well Microsoft treated Zune owners over the years.
        Arabalar
    • RE: Apple facing $625.5 million patent judgement; files emergency motion for stay

      @zaphod778

      When you're main method is copying other people's work, patents can be a real pain.
      tonymcs@...
  • Never fear

    @guihombre .. we have in this country appeals courts whose function is to prevent corporations from paying big fines. They dress it up in fancy language about how allowing large fines to go through would 'introduce uncertainty in to the market' and so on and so forth.
    But it's just a very, very profitable racket.
    Remember, Microsoft was once ordered broken up by a judge. Eventually after the appeals they were essentially found not guilty by reason of extreme wealth.
    HollywoodDog
    • Or that you're are totally wrong?

      [i]Eventually after the appeals they were essentially found not guilty by reason of extreme wealth[/i]

      You can cry boo hoo all day, doesn't make what you say correct, now does it? ;)
      John Zern