Supreme Court upholds win for Apple in $625 million patent infringement case

by John Chapman

The software company Mirror Worlds LLC sued Apple in 2008. Mirror Worlds alleged that it pitched its patented technology for improved searching and indexing for Apple to license, but that Apples instead stole the ideas and turned them into OS X’s Spotlight, Cover Flow and Time Machine functions. In October of 2010, a jury in the Eastern District of Texas agreed.

The jury found that found the Spotlight search function and other aspects of the Apple’s Mac OS X operation system had willfully infringed three patents belonging to Mirror Worlds. The jury awarded $208.5 million in damages to Mirror Worlds for each of the three patents.

U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis vacated the verdict in April 2011 for lack of evidence. The judge ruled that Mirror Worlds had failed to present sufficient evidence that either Apple or its users actually performed the patented processes. After the Federal Circuit affirmed on appeal, Mirror Worlds filed a petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has now denied Mirror World’s petition. With the Supreme Court declining to hear the case, Apple’s victory against Mirror Worlds will stand and Apple will not be required to pay the $625 million in damages that had been found by the jury.

Patent Law and Intellectual Property Cases at Heygood Orr & Pearson

At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, our attorneys have handled numerous patent matters including prosecuting claims for infringement, as well as for interfered-with patent rights. We have handled claims brought by a large local company for infringement of its rail car patent, claims by a local inventor for infringement of her patent for a childcare product and claims by an Israeli company against a Fortune 500 company for infringement of its wireless technology patent. Our firm has also represented a client suing a large American pharmaceutical company for interfering with its patent rights to liposome technology. We are currently representing an international diamond and jewelry company in a trademark dispute in federal court.

Our attorneys are capable of litigating patent infringement claims throughout the country. In addition, firm attorney John “Jay” Pate is licensed to prosecute patents before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Beyond our specific experience in the field of intellectual property, our ability to prosecute patent infringement action is aided by our extensive trial experience in general. While technical knowledge and familiarity with patent rules is a must for attorneys handling patent infringement claims, there is no substitute for courtroom experience. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, our seasoned litigators have the experience to take even the most complex patent case and explain it in terms a jury can understand. We have a track record of proven success representing businesses large and small. Several of our trial lawyers are board certified* and many of them have been selected as Super Lawyers in the State of Texas* for several years in a row. Our firm is AV rated, the highest legal and ethical ranking available from the leasing law firm ranking service, Martindale-Hubbell.

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Michael Heygood, James Craig Orr, Jr. and Eric Pearson are all Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law — Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

** Michael Heygood, James Craig Orr, Jr. and Eric Pearson were selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication, for the years 2003 through 2013.

by John Chapman

John Chapman is a licensed attorney with experience in complex commercial litigation (including securities fraud, RICO, shareholder oppression, and derivative actions) and personal injury litigation.