The federal jury in Tyler, Texas, awarded $208.5 million in
damages for each of the patents infringed. The verdict form was
unclear as to whether the amount applies to the three patents
collectively or would be charged individually. Lawyers for closely
held Mirror Worlds declined to discuss the verdict.
Mirror Worlds, a software business started by a Yale University
computer-science professor David Gelernter, claimed Apple’s iPod
music device, iPhone and Mac computers infringed its patents.
Apple challenged the validity of the patents and whether they were
infringed, according to court records.
If Mirror Worlds is granted the full amount by the court, it would
be one of the largest patent awards in United States history. The
case was heard before Federal District Judge Leonard E. Davis in
the Eastern District of Texas, a locale favored by plaintiffs in
patent cases because of the generosity of the jury awards.