Apple To Pay University Of Wisconsin $234M For Patent Infringing

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Apple was found guilty earlier this week for a patent lawsuit, which was initiated by the University Of Wisconsin-Madison. When it started, the California-based company was said to owe $862 million in patent infringement. Today, however, publication site Reuters reports that after much talk, Apple must pay $234M in damages.

In addition, Apple only had to pay $234M since the U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled that Apple had not willfully infringed on the patent purposely. If the judge would have taken the other path, Apple would have had to pay $862M in damages.

Furthermore, Apple noted that it will appeal the ruling, as expected. Doing some research, back in 2008, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) sued Intel over the same patent. The two settled outside of court, with Intel paying them $110 million.

The lawsuit centers the WARF’s 1998 patent that handles improving chip efficiency. In addition, WARF claims that Apple’s A7, A8 and A8X chips, found in the iPhone 5s through 6 Plus and different iPod devices, all violate the patent. Moreover, Apple requested that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office review the validity of the patent, but the request was denied.

Although this case looks to be wrapping up soon, WARF a month ago launched a second lawsuit against Apple. However, this time, WARF is arguing that the A9 and A9X chips found in the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and the new iPad Pro are infringing on the same patent, and seeks to sue Apple again.

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