New York
12 July 2016
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Network-1 secures $25 million settlement from Apple


Apple has agreed to a $25 million settlement with licensing company Network-1 Technologies.

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.

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