Jury Orders Apple to Pay $625.5M in Patent Suit

By: AP
By: AP

New York (AP) --

A jury in Texas has ordered Apple to pay $625.5 million for violating patents owned by a firm founded by a computer science professor.

Apple Inc. is challenging Friday's verdict (Oct. 1) from the federal
court in Tyler, Texas, saying the court has not yet looked at some
of its counterclaims.

If upheld, the verdict would be one of the largest in a patent
suit. The plaintiff is Mirror Worlds, a company founded by David
Gelernter of Yale University to commercialize his ideas.

The patents cover characteristic Mac features such as Cover
Flow, which lets the users skim through album covers or other
content as if they were leaves in a book. Another is Time Machine,
which performs automatic backups.

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