On Friday, October 1, 2010, a federal jury awarded the plaintiff Mirror Worlds $208.5 million in damages for each of three patents infringed by Apple Inc–a possibility of $625.5 million in damages total. To put this award in perspective, according to Bloomberg, the $625.5 million award is the “second-biggest jury verdict in 2010, and the fourth-biggest patent verdict in U.S. history.”
One of the infringed patents relates to Cover Flow, which is a central feature of Apple’s computers and mobile devices that allows users to scroll through album covers, photos and other files.
Apple filed an emergency motion asking the judge to stay the verdict. In an order issued Tuesday, October 5, 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Davis provided a schedule that gives Apple and Mirror Worlds until the end of November to submit additional post-trial arguments.