Court Orders Apple To Pay WARF $234M For Infringing CPU Patent
U.S. District Court Judge William M. Conley gave his decision on Monday, agreeing with a jury’s finding that Apple infringed on Patent No. 5,791,752 with their A7 and A8 designs. The jury turned in their decision earlier this month.
Judge Conley dismissed the company’s motion for judgment as a matter of law on liability, literal infringement claims and damages. The company’s failed arguments included that its A7 and A8 units did not meet strict criteria detailed in the patent-in-suit, while another sought to dodge damages by claiming a processor must be fully functional to be capable of infringement.
In addition to this, the latter argument derived from Apple’s attempts to pass off the blame to A-series chip manufacturer Samsung. The jurist did not find the company to have willfully infringed on the patent, a ruling that would hinder WARF’s bid to greatly increase damages.
WARF filed their initial report against the A7 and A8 line of SoC and the products they powered, this includes the iPhone 5S, iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display. Apple later included the A7 into the iPad mini 3 models, while the A8 and A8X were implemented into the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and different versions of the iPad, which all of those noted were added to the suit.
Looking over to Apple, the company denies infringing on the mobile processor design. The company also petitioned in the past that the U.S Patent and Trademark Office to invalidate WARF’s patent, but the attempt was rejected earlier this year.
Furthermore, Monday’s ruling was another win for WARF, which has successfully used the ‘752 patent against other big companies like Intel. In addition, WARF sought to include Intel’s prior settlement as an “established royalty” to calculated damages, but the motion was rejected. As the University of Wisconsin’s non-profit patent management body, WARF is responsible for licensing creations and inventions developed at the institution, with monetary gains funding the future research.
Lastly, back in September, WARF launched a second lawsuit against Apple over their latest A9 and A9X chips in the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and the upcoming iPad Pro. With that said, we will update you when more information comes out.
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