Apple Stacks Sandbags Against Cover Flow Damages
Cover Flow, the animated GUI Apple uses to display content in iTunes and Time Machine, is causing the company some legal and financial woes. Last week a U.S. District Court in East Texas ordered Apple to pay as much as $625.5 million in damages to Mirror Worlds, which sued it alleging Cover Flow violated a series of patents describing a “document stream operating system with document organizing and display facilities.”
For a company with $45.8 billion in cash and securities in its coffers, a $625 million damage award is hardly large. That said, Apple isn’t going to pay it without a fight–particularly when there may be some prior art to be found in HyperCard. The company has filed an emergency motion to stay the ruling, claiming there problems with at least two of the patents at issue here, according to court filings.