Cover Flow is a ‘virtual shelf’ for iTunes on the Mac and the iPod for iOS, and it displays albums by their cover art or their preview image. Apple has also used the display system in other areas of their OS X operating system, but a court ruling has demanded that the Cupertino-based company must pay $625.5 million in damages for infringing patents held by Mirror Worlds LLC.
The patents for creating “streams” of documents, sorted by time, were originally filed for by Yale professor David Gelernter in 1999, who says he believes Apple’s Spotlight, Time Machine and Cover Flow features were taken from his idea.
A recent report from Bloomberg explains that Apple has appealed the ruling and asked the court for an emergency stay, arguing that Mirror Worlds would be “triple dipping” in collecting $208.5 for each of the patent infringements relating to three of their applications.
U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis is to take charge of the case, and has asked the lawyers on each side to submit legal arguments on the damages awarded by Tyler County jury in Eastern Texas.
It seems, however, that Apple were also awarded a patent for Cover Flow back in April, so they have good reason to appeal the decision.