A US jury on Friday ordered Apple Inc. to pay the University of Wisconsin US$234 million in damages for using the latter’s microchip technology without permission in some iPhones and iPads.
The amount was less than the US$400 million the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent licensing arm, had sought in the patent infringement case, Reuters reported.
On Oct. 13, a jury in US District Court in Madison, Wisconsin, ruled that Apple infringed Wisconsin University’s patent for improving the performance of computer processors.
WARF sued Apple in January last year alleging violation of its 1998 patent on a “predictor circuit,” developed by computer science professor Gurindar Sohi and three of his students.
Apple’s A7, A8 and A8X processors, found in the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus, as well as several versions of the iPad, are said to have incorporated the microchip technology illegally.
Following the court decision last week, Apple said it will appeal the verdict.
WARF praised the ruling and said it was important to protect the university’s inventions from unauthorized use.
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