Apple to pay $506m to UW for infringing chip efficiency patent

by Fredrick Graves July 27, 2017, 0:39
Apple to pay $506m to UW for infringing chip efficiency patent

The foundation claims that Apple's A7, A8, and A8X chips, found in the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and various iPads, all violate the patent. And all of this is about technology utilized from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In October 2015, WARF was awarded a judgment in its favour and damages, with Judge William Conley ordering Apple to pay almost $235 million for infringing the patent.

Yesterday, however, Judge Conley added $272 million to the fine, bringing it up to $506 million.

Apple has been ordered by a U.S. judge to pay $506 million to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation for infringing on a patent owned by the latter. Apple requested that the U.S. Patent office review the validity of the patent but that request was turned down.

This is not the first instance in recent times of an Apple patent dispute.

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The patent that was infringed on was obtained by computer science professor Gurindar Sohi and three students in 1998.

US District Judge William Conley said on Tuesday that Apple owes additional damages, along with interest, because it continued to infringe the patent until it expired at the end of 2016. Conley has said he would not rule on that case until Apple has an opportunity to appeal the original jury verdict. A federal appeals court in October directed Samsung to pay Apple a $120 million award originally granted through a jury's judgement.

WARF sued Apple in 2014, alleging processors found in some versions of the iPhone infringe on a patent describing a "predictor circuit", which improves processor performance by predicting what instructions a user will give the system.

Apple argued it wasn't infringing on the school's patent and also tried to get it invalidated.


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