Judge gives Apple temporary reprieve in $625M patent case
Postpones final judgment to take post-trial motions from lawyers
Computerworld - A federal judge yesterday postponed his final ruling in the patent infringement lawsuit a Yale professor won against Apple, giving the company more time to dispute a $625 million penalty.
In an order issued Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Davis spelled out a schedule that gives Apple and Mirror Worlds until the end of November to submit additional post-trial arguments.
"All post-verdict relief shall be sought in these motions," Davis wrote in his order. "The Court will not consider any additional motions or briefing after entering the final judgment."
Last week, a Tyler, Texas jury awarded privately-held Mirror Worlds $625.5 million in damages, saying that Apple willfully violated three of the firm's patents. The patents apply to Apple's iPhone, iPod, iPad and Mac OS X, according to earlier court documents, and focus on interface designs including Apple's "CoverFlow" -- a 3D graphical interface used in iTunes and the iPhone -- and its Time Machine data backup and restore software.
On Sunday, Apple asked Davis to delay his final ruling on the verdict, claiming that the award amounted to "triple dipping" because the jury penalized Apple $208.5 million for each of the three patent violations.
Apple had asked for a one-day trial to decide the issue, or failing that, the right to submit additional briefs to Davis.
On Tuesday, Davis rejected the idea of a short second trial, and said Apple's emergency motion of Sunday was "moot" because of his order demanding more briefs.
Mirror Worlds was founded by David Gelernter, a Yale University computer science professor. He is also the author of the 1992 book Mirror Worlds: or the Day Software Puts the Universe in a Shoebox and the 1997 book Drawing Life.
The latter is Gelernter's account of surviving the explosion of a mail bomb sent by the Unabomber, who killed three and injured 23 others over a two-decade campaign of bombings. In 1998, Theodore "Ted" Kaczynski pleaded guilty to government charges stemming from the crimes, and is currently servicing a life sentence in a Colorado federal prison.
Earlier this week, Gelernter declined to comment on the case, citing the unresolved issues.
Apple has not replied to a request for comment.
Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His e-mail address is email@example.com.
- Apple has bigger plans than just song ID with Shazam deal
- Mac Pro shortage sets record as worst Mac production debacle
- Apple slates WWDC for June 2-6, sets up ticket lottery
- Apple patches Safari's Pwn2Own vulnerability, two-dozen other critical bugs
- Microsoft's free OneNote vaults to top of Mac App Store chart
- Apple discounts iPhone 5C 8%-9% in five markets via storage cuts
- Apple hands stock worth $12.1M to top execs in retention deal
- Hands on: Apple's Mac Pro is the fastest Mac ever
- Apple CFO to retire in September after he cashes in $53M stock award
- Apple's CarPlay to spark mobile apps war in your car
Read more about Legal in Computerworld's Legal Topic Center.
- Path Selection Infographic Path Selection Infographic
- Hyperconvergence Infographic A wide range of observers agree that data centers are now entering an era of "hyperconvergence" that will raise network traffic levels faster...
- Preparing Your Infrastructure for the Hyperconvergence Era From cloud computing and virtualization to mobility and unified communications, an array of innovative technologies is transforming today's data centers.
- How WAN Optimization Helps Enterprises Reduce Costs If you wanted to break down innovation into a tidy equation, it might go something like this: Technology + Connectivity = Productivity. Productivity...
- Cloud Knowledge Vault Learn how your organization can benefit from the scalability, flexibility, and performance that the cloud offers through the short videos and other resources...
- LIVE EVENT: 5/7, The End of Data Protection As We Know It. Introducing a Next Generation Data Protection Architecture. Traditional backup is going away, but where does this leave end-users? All Legal White Papers | Webcasts