CNET News reports that U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis has ruled in Apple's favor concerning a patent infringement suit that would have seen the company fork out more than $625 million for infringing on patents held by Mirror Worlds.
The case involved the Cover Flow, Spotlight search and Time Machine features found in Apple's Mac OS. A jury sided with Mirror Worlds, ordering Apple to pay $208.5 million for each of the three patents infringed. Apple argued that the verdict amounted to "triple dipping."
Bloomberg notes that while Judge Davis did uphold the validity of the three Mirror Worlds patents, he felt that the jury may have been swayed by Mirror Worlds' argument:
In this case, 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. Accordingly, the Court rejects Mirror Worlds' case as to infringement and damages, while affirming it as to validity and inequitable conduct.