Apple Infringed On University Patent, Forced To Pay $506 Million

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

Apple Infringed On University Patent, Forced To Pay $506 Million

A USA judge has ordered Apple to pay 6 million for infringing a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Of course, Apple will appeal this ruling too and the next level is $862.4 million in damages. The University had won this particular case in October 2015, when a jury had slapped the company with a fine of $234 million. Apple kept saying that they have the patent for the particular processor they used and they did not at all infringe.

A United States judge has ordered Apple to pay an additional $272 million in damages to the University of Wisconsin over its use of "predictor circuit" patents, bringing the total amount owed by Apple to more than $500 million. Apple has already filed an appeal against Judge Conley's ruling hoping to avoid paying the $506USD million judgment against them. Nearly numerous big shots have filed a case against another for the patent infringement issue, and the main in the problem is the giant - Apple. Conley reportedly stated that WARF is owed the extra damages because the Cupertino-based company continued to infringe upon the patent from after the 2015 ruling, until its expiration in 2016.

The patent that has led to this hefty fine revolves around a "predictor circuit" that helps improve processor performance. Interestingly the patent pre-dates Apple's first iPhone in June 2007 and the penalty is seen as fairly insignificant for the world's largest tech company. As such, the Alumni Research Foundation of the University of Wisconsin has filed another lawsuit against Apple that covers the A9 chips of Apple that have not yet been ruled upon.

Apple did not respond to a Fortune request for comment on the judge's decision.

WARF is the group that manages patent licensing for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Apple argued for a fee of 7 cents per device, while WARF initially asked for $400 million and $2.74 per device.

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