A Tyler County, Texas court slapped Apple with the fourth largest patent judgement in history on Friday, saying its use of Cover Flow infringed on patents held by Mirror Worlds LLC. The company originally sued Apple back in 2008, claiming infringement on three of its patents across the Cupertino company’s Mac, iPod and iPhone products.
Tyler County jurists ruled against Apple on all three counts, and let Mirror Worlds collect $208.5 million for each patent — amounting $625.5 million in damages relating to technologies relating to Spotlight, Time Machine and Cover Flow.
Apple in turn asked for an emergency stay in US District Court of the ruling, arguing that issues remained on the validity of Mirror World’s claims, and that allowing it to collect seperately on each patent equates to “triple dipping.”
Apple lawyers said the patents in question had been sold at least twice, once for $210,000 and again for $5 million. Taking that into account, the judgement would put a value of nearly 125 times the purchase price, arguably too excessive.