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Apple Patent Dispute Loss Means $506M Payday For University Of Wisconsin

Apple Patent Dispute Loss Means $506M Payday For University Of Wisconsin

In another twist to the entire legal battle, Apple is also facing another lawsuit filed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison on similar charges, that of infringing on the same patent.

The fines paid by Apple are $272 million more than a $234 million federal jury ruling in 2015.

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.

A United States judge has ordered Apple to pay more than half a billion dollars to a university after the tech firm failed to abide by an earlier court ruling. While Apple is pretty loaded in terms of cash, $506 million is definitely no small figure to be sneezed at.

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Apple is yet to issue any comment on the development post the court ruling but is likely planning for filing an appeal. Whether or not they will be successful remains to be seen, or whether or not they might end up settling with the university for a different amount.

The patent in question is WARF-owned U.S. patent 5,781,752, which was obtained by computer science professor Gurindar Sohi and three students in 1998.

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. As per the sources, Apple has denied the allegations of infringement during the trial in court.

The patent that has led to this hefty fine revolves around a "predictor circuit" that helps improve processor performance. The chip, in turn, went in to power several generations of Apple devices such as the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, along with several iPad models.