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Apple Seeks Stay of $625.5m Patent Award

It was found guilty last Friday of three counts of patent infringement

Apple was found guilty last Friday of three counts of patent infringement and may have to pay a whopping $625.5 million if its emergency motion Sunday seeking a stay of the Texas verdict doesn't work.

It's got a problem with a couple of the patents as well as with the way the practically record damages were calculated calling $208.5 million per claim "triple dipping." The court has asked both sides for arguments.

Apple's Mac OS X, iPod and iPhone widgetry like Spotlight, its way of searching a Mac hard drive, Time Machine, its backup/archiving scheme, and Cover Flow, its way of flipping through content like a stack of cards, supposedly trespass on patents held by Texas-based Mirror Worlds LLC, a company founded by Yale professor David Gelernter, the guy who was crippled opening one of the Unabomber's letter bombs years ago.

In 1991 Gelernter wrote a book called "Mirror Worlds or the Day Software Puts the Universe in a Shoebox - How It Will Happen and What It Will Mean" about accessing scads of real-time data. The now-defunct Mirror Worlds Technologies Inc was created to make the ideas in the book real. It developed a product called Scopeware that promised to chronologically organize and display e-mail, faxes, web pages, text documents and spreadsheets in a way that's like CoverFlow Apple claims HyperCard as prior art.

Bloomberg says the $625.5 million award is the second-biggest jury verdict in 2010, and the fourth-biggest patent verdict in U.S. history. Apple got nailed for both accidental and willful infringement.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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