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

27 July 2017, 12:36 | Gerardo Harmon

Judge orders Apple to pay University of Wisconsin $507M for infringing on chip efficiency patent

Apple Ordered to Pay $506 Million to University in Patent Dispute

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.

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