Apple challenges $625.5 million document viewing patent

Apple disputes a patent verdict which could impact how the iPhone views documents

Apple disputes a patent verdict which could impact how the iPhone views documentsApple is fighting back against a verdict which said it is infringing on patents for how documents are displayed on its Macs, iPods and iPhone computers.

According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek:

Apple asked U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis for an emergency stay of the Oct. 1 verdict, saying there are outstanding issues on two of the three patents. Apple said patent owner Mirror Worlds would also be “triple dipping” if it were able to collect $208.5 million on each of the patents.

Closely held Mirror Worlds, founded by Yale University computer-science Professor David Gelernter, sued in 2008, claiming Apple’s iPod music device, iPhone and Mac computers infringed three patents for a way documents are displayed on a computer screen. Apple challenged the validity of the patents and whether they were infringed, according to court records. Some claims were thrown out before the case went to the jury.

This case may not have major ramifications but it’s just another sign that mobile patent lawsuits are exploding. The iPhone maker has been on the offensive end too, as it is currently suing HTC over come patents related to its Android handsets.

[Via Bloomberg BusinessWeek]

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