Apple challenges $626M patent verdict

By Dow Jones Newswires
Posted Oct. 5, 2010 at 1:22 p.m.

Apple Inc.  is challenging the verdict in a patent infringement lawsuit that could force the consumer goods giant to pay up to $625.5 million in damages, according to documents filed with a federal court in Texas on Sunday.

Apple said “outstanding issues” with two of three patents owned by Mirror Worlds Technologies Inc. justified an emergency stay, which would delay the judge’s entry of the verdict.

Apple’s filing follows a verdict last week that found the Cupertino, Calif., company had infringed on patents owned by Mirror Worlds, founded by Yale professor David Gelernter. On Friday, a federal court jury in Texas found in favor of Mirror Worlds and recommended Apple pay damages of $208.5 million per patent.

The three patents cover technology used to display files on Apple’s popular iPod, iPhone and Macintosh computers. Some of the technology allows users to quickly scroll through displays of music, photos and other documents on their computers and handheld devices.

Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Mirror Worlds originally sued Apple in 2008.

Apple shares were up 3 percent Tuesday afternoon, to $287.05, after falling 1.4 percent, to $278.64, Monday.

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