Apple will pay Network-1’s subsidiary Mirror World Technologies to settle patent litigation that claimed the iPhone maker infringed a 1996 patent for a document stream operating system and method.
Under the terms of the agreement, Apple will receive a non-exclusive license to the patent for its full term, Network-1 said in its statement.
A Yale University computer scientist and his graduate student originally patented the invention in 1996.
The creator later founded Mirror Worlds and began the suit in 2008, with a claim that Apple infringed the patent with its Spotlight file search technology used in all iterations of OSX.
Mirror Worlds claimed that the technology was based on a demonstration of its invention performed for Apple.
Network-1 has been involved in several high-profile patent litigation cases, most recently securing a settlement with Sony and several other companies after allegations of patent infringement.