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  • Apple Ordered to Pay $234M to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation


    A federal court in Wisconsin recently ruled that the Cupertino California company has to pay $234 million in damages for infringing on a microprocessor technology patent that is owned by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which is the University of Wisconsin’s patent licensing body. According to Reuters, the $234.2 million decision was to be handed in roughly three and a half hours of deliberation and more importantly, was less than the $400 million that WARF had been seeking in its suit against Apple.

    To be more specific, Apple was found to have infringed upon patented computer microarchitecture with its A7, A8 and A8X system-on-chip designs used in iPhones and the iPad. The lawsuit leveraged claims from a single WARF patent against Apple’s iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini products. The court documents claim that Apple could end up paying as much as $862 million for using “predictor circuit” technology that was outlined in the 1998 patent.

    The suit was first filed against Apple at the beginning part of 2014, where it was said that the company willfully infringed on its patent as evidenced by citations to the property in Apple’s own patent filings. Furthermore, the lawsuit claimed that Apple refused requests to legally license the intellectual property. The Wisconsin University branch is also set to file a separate lawsuit asserting the same patent against Apple’s A9 and A9X chips that are incorporated in the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and upcoming iPad Pro. We’ll have to wait and see how the new patent turns out but it definitely isn’t looking too good for Apple.

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Ordered to Pay $234M to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation started by Akshay Masand View original post
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