Well, that's one less patent suit Apple has to worry about. A U.S. district judge in Texas reversed a $625.5 million jury verdict against the Cupertino, Calif.-based company on Tuesday.
According to Maximum PC, the verdict was leveled against Apple in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Mirror World in 2008. The company argued that certain document display technologies used in Apple's Time Machine, Spotlight and Cover Flow violated its patents. The jury agreed that Apple infringed Mirror World's patents, and determined that Mirror World was entitled to $208 million in damages for each of the three patents at issue.
In reversing the decision and the damage award, the court said:
Mirror World 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.
Though the court found that Apple did not infringe Mirror World's patents, the court did affirm the patents' validity, according to Bloomberg's coverage of the case.