tiptrot.com
tiptrot.com December 10, 2017


Apple Ordered to Pay More Than $500 Million in Latest Patent Spat

27 July 2017, 12:36 | Gerardo Harmon

WARF sued Apple in 2014 of infringing on a patent of a predictor circuit that improves processor performance

WARF sued Apple in 2014 of infringing on a patent of a predictor circuit that improves processor performance

A USA judge ordered the company to pay $502 billion in damages for infringing on a patent owned by a patent licensing arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The fine of $506 million is just double the fine of $234 million in damages the Apple had to pay back in 2015.

The decision is still open to appeal, after which a separate matter involving the same patent but newer A-series SoCs than the A7, A8 and A8X will be deliberated.

The patent that has led to this hefty fine revolves around a "predictor circuit" that helps improve processor performance.


Apple hasn't commented on WARF's win. Unfortunately it seems that for Apple, $234 million wasn't quite enough because in a report from Reuters (via 9to5Mac), a USA judge has since ordered Apple to pay $506 million in damages instead, making it more than double what the jury had initially arrived upon.

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is the group that sued Apple in 2014, and although the most recently ordered fine is significant, the group had intended for an even more damaging figure of $862 million to be inflicted on Apple. Since that's exactly what Apple is doing, the Judge said he'll wait to rule on a second infringement case WARF filed targeting the A9 and A9X processors.

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.

Apple, during the trial before a jury, reportedly argued that the patent was not valid and called for a Trademark Office review of the patent's validity. It was attained by a University of Wisconsin professor and three students in 1998.



Other News

Trending Now

New Tekken 7 DLC Character Revealed, and He is JACKED
As it turns out, the next add-on character for the title has been revealed and it's none other than Fatal Fury's Geese Howard . As one of the most relevant characters of the SNK universe, he appeared in The King of Fighters games in several roles.

US Certifies Iran Complying With 2015 Nuclear Deal
Mohammad Baqeri, the chief of staff for Iran's armed forces, said in Sepah News, an official news site of the Guards. The President is obliged to notify the Congress of the implementation of the agreement every 90 days.

Israel sends more troops to West Bank after deadly stabbing attack
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced on Friday a freeze of all contacts with Israel over violence in Jerusalem . Two Israelis were reportedly killed and one wounded in a stabbing attack in a West Bank settlement north of Ramallah.

BBC's Salary Report Exposes Large Gender Pay Gap
BBC director general Tony Hall admitted this pay gap is not good enough and said the organisation must get better. It will make it enormously hard for them to remain competitive and could mean they cannot retain talent.

Rihanna & Cara Delevingne Serve Cleavage, Cleavage, CLEAVAGE At The Valerian London Premiere!
But, having firmly cemented her place in Hollywood, it looks like Cara won't be need to go back to the catwalk any time soon.

Sensex ends higher; Reliance Industries leads after Jio Phone launch
Both Sensex and Nifty rallied late in Friday's trading as both the indices gained around 0.40 per cent during the day. Globally, Japan's Nikkei was down 0.25 per cent while Hong Kong's Hang shed 0.24 per cent in early trade today.

Yeah, There's a Flying DeLorean in the 'Ready Player One' Trailer
When eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. The newest film from iconic director Steven Spielberg is shaping up to be one of his most magical projects to date.

Watch Honda Indy Toronto Online
A pair of Pagenaud's team-mates at Team Penske , Helio Castroneves and Power, locked up the second row in qualifying. Gutierrez crashed near the end of the first round, hitting the wall on the straightaway to the finish line.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths charged by Uefa with 'provoking spectators' after Linfield game
Linfield's charges relate to the "throwing of objects" by their supporters and also a pitch invasion. This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on July 20.

'Inappropriate' and 'Insulting.' Most Americans Disapprove of Trump's Twitter Use
Obama's worst approval rating was 40 percent, which was recorded during his sixth year in the White House . Still, America is roughly evenly divided, 43-4%, on Trump's handling of the economy.