Case in point:
Entrepreneur Wins $625 Million Payout From Apple
Yale University professor David Gelernter said Apple's software infringed on three of his patents. A federal jury agreed.
A small technology company won an eye-popping $625.5 million verdict in a patent infringement case against Apple.
On Friday, a federal jury in Tyler, Texas, found that Apple infringed on three patents held by Mirror Worlds, a company founded by Yale University computer science professor David Gelernter.
Apple is challenging both the verdict and the way the damages were calculated. If the $625.5 million figure is upheld, it would be one of the largest in patent lawsuit history.
The lawsuit, filed in 2008, claimed three Apple software features – the Cover Flow flip function, the Spotlight hard drive search tool, and Time Machine, which backs up data – violate Mirror Worlds patents. The jury agreed, awarding $208.5 million for each of the three infringements.
Fun Fact : Gelernter was a victim of the unibomber Ted Kaczynski.