Apple's patent win over Mirror Worlds stays intact
The Supreme Court declines to hear Mirror Worlds' appeal, putting to rest the long-running patent infringement case.
The nation's highest court said on its site that it has denied Mirror World's request that it consider the case related to software patents for features such as Apple's Cover Flow.
Mirror Worlds was founded by Yale University computer-science Professor David Gelernter. In a 2008 lawsuit, the company accused Apple of infringing on its patents with its Mac OS X operating systems going back to 10.4 "Tiger," as well as in its iOS devices including the
A jury and tallied up damages of more than $625 million. Apple responded by saying the damages were too high and urged the court to re-evaluate the evidence. Six months later, U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis noting that while the jury's take on the case was important, the group might have been swayed by Mirror Worlds' argument, which the court said lacked foundation.
In September of 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washingtonthat sided with Apple.
We've contacted Apple and Network-1 Security Solutions, which bought Mirror Worlds' patents in May, and will update this report when we have more information.
In the world of mobile, patents have become a key focus area and battleground. Apple, Samsung, and other companies have sued each other repeatedly, accusing each other of ripping off designs and other elements. Apple, with a jury finding Samsung infringed on Apple patents and ordering it to pay Apple $1 billion. But Apple also has faced setbacks, such as the U.S. International Trade Commission ruling earlier in June that .