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Apple Pays $25 Million to Settle Lawsuit With Patent Troll Network-1

Apple Pays $25 Million to Settle Lawsuit With Patent Troll Network-1

Posted July 9, 2016 at 2:20pm by iClarified
Apple has agreed to pay $25 million to settle a lawsuit brought by patent troll Network-1 Technologies and its subsidiary Mirror World Technologies.

In their long running battle, Mirror Worlds managed to obtain a $625 million verdict against Apple for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,006,227 (the " '227 Patent ") but Apple had the verdict vacated on appeal.

Under the terms of the agreement, Apple will receive a fully paid up non-exclusive license to the '227 Patent for its full term, which expired in 2016, along with certain rights to other patents in Network-1's portfolio. Network-1 will receive $25 million from Apple for the settlement and fully paid up license.

The '227 Patent was among 9 patents and 5 pending patent applications acquired by Network-1, through MWT, from Mirror Worlds, LLC on May 21, 2013. The '227 Patent entitled "Document Stream Operating System" relates to methods that enable unified search, indexing, displaying and archiving of documents in a computer system. The inventions described in the '227 Patent resulted from the work done by Yale University computer scientist, Professor David Gelernter, and his then graduate student, Dr. Eric Freeman, in the mid-1990s.

Apple Pays $25 Million to Settle Lawsuit With Patent Troll Network-1
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What Haveyou
What Haveyou - July 11, 2016 at 2:23am
We will continue to be robbed until software patents are outlawed (as they were supposed to be).
Michael77 - July 10, 2016 at 11:35pm
Most patents should never have been granted in the first place. Patents are supposed to be New, Novel, and Non-obvious to someone skilled in the art. Most patents are just "I did it first", which by itself is not worthy of a patent.
antitrol - July 11, 2016 at 1:57am
The US patent office is usually quite underfunded. They use the fees for patent applications to fund the department. For a few years 10% of those funds were skimmed off the top for the general budget. Had to make up the $$ somewhere. Hence lots of dodgy patents floating around.
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