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Judge Dismisses Xerox’s Lawsuit Against Apple

May 11, 1990 GMT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Xerox Corp. filed against Apple Computer Inc. after Xerox gave up its one remaining claim in the suit, which centered on rights to the popular display technology in the Macintosh computer.

Xerox’s decision will allow the company to appeal the case more quickly.

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker dismissed the suit Wednesday.

The lawsuit, which was filed in December, focused on technology known as a graphical user interface, which makes computers easier to use by replacing typed commands with pictures called icons on the screen and a pointer device called a mouse.

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The technology helped sell millions of Macintoshes and forced other manufacturers to offer similar systems for desktop computers.

Xerox maintained that many features in the Macintosh originated at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, about 30 miles south of San Francisco, in the 1970s. The suit sought $150 million in damages and asked to have Apple’s copyrights on the Macintosh display technology cancelled.

On March 23, Walker dismissed five of Xerox’s six counts against Apple on procedural grounds. The remaining count sought a declaratory judgement stating that Xerox owns the copyright to its Star program, one of those it accused Apple of pirating.

Xerox said it intends to appeal the dismissal.