Apple got a $625.5 million lawsuit tossed, Bloomberg reports. The lawsuit alleged Apple violated patents for the way it displayed coverflow and spotlight on Apple computers:
A federal judge in Tyler, Texas, today said Apple didn’t infringe a patent owned by Mirror Worlds LLC and closed the case in Apple’s favour. The court also said the damage award was too high. The judge did uphold the validity of the three Mirror Worlds patents.
“Mirror Worlds may have painted an appealing picture for the jury, but it failed to lay a solid foundation sufficient to support important elements it was required to establish under the law,” U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis wrote.
Closely held Mirror Worlds, founded by Yale University computer-science Professor David Gelernter, sued in 2008, claiming Apple’s Mac computers infringed its patents for a way documents are displayed on a computer screen. Apple challenged the validity of the patents and whether they were infringed.