Apple ordered to pay University of Wisconsin $234 million for patent infringement

Apple ordered to pay University of Wisconsin $234 million for patent infringement
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Apple is being required to pay the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation $234.2 million for illegally using microchip technology developed by the university in both iPhones and iPads, according to a WARF release. 

The jury deliberated for almost four hours Friday before determining that Apple’s A7, A8 and A8X processors violated UW’s patent, officials said.

The federal trial, in which the WARF was asking for $400 million in damages, began Oct. 5 in Madison. 

“The University of Wisconsin has a long history of creative innovation across many fields,” says Michael Falk of the WARF General Counsel. “It is important to faculty and to the UW that patented, innovative technologies developed on campus are protected from unauthorized use.”

The lawsuit, filed in January of last year, was over microchip technology-called a “predictor circuit”-developed by computer science professor Gurindar Sohi and three of his students in 1998, according to WARF.

“The jury did an incredible job grappling with the complex technology, and we’re grateful for their effort and ultimately for the well-deserved respect that this groundbreaking work by faculty and graduate students at the University of Wisconsin Madison received,” Falk said.