Apple Ordered To Pay University Of Wisconsin $506M For Patent Infringement

Alain Brian
Juillet 26, 2017

A US JUDGE has ordered Apple to pay $506m (around £388m) for patent infringement to the University of Wisconsin's Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).

U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison added $272 million to a $234 million jury verdict the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation won against Apple in October 2015.

Court documents show Apple plans to appeal the ruling, according to Reuters.

In the meantime, Apple wanted the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to review the validity of the patent, but the request was shot down, and now a judge has nearly doubled the original damage decision citing the extra damages accrued by the end of 2016, when the patent expired. University of Wisconsin computer science professor Gurindar Sohi and three of his students obtained the patent in 1998.

Cupertino, California-based Apple denied any infringement during a 2015 jury trial and argued the patent is invalid. It improves efficiency and performance of a computer processor by predicting user input, and Apple's A7, A8, and A8X system-on-chip (SoC) designs infringe on the patent, according to the 2015 ruling. An Apple spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment. That strategy worked well in the trial against Samsung, but it's now Apple's turn to taste the bitter medicine called U.S. patent system.

The University has further filed a second lawsuit against Apple alleging that the company's A9 chip also infringed on the patent. A ruling hasn't been issued on it yet.

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