Apple ordered to pay $506 million for A-series processors patent infringement

Apple ordered to pay $506 million for A-series processors patent infringement
After allegedly being burned by Microsoft in the 80s, Steve Jobs decided to patent near everything the company is currently working on, or plans to in the future, including ephemeral design guidelines. That strategy worked well in the trial against Samsung, but it's now Apple's turn to taste the bitter medicine called US patent system. A judge just ordered it to pay $506 million in patent infringement fines to the licensing department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The lawsuit was filed by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, citing a 1998 patent for improving chip efficiency that has apparently been employed by Apple’s A7, A8, and A8X chipsets that have powered various iPhones and iPads. A jury found Apple guilty in 2015, but the judge presiding at the time slashed the initial request for $862 million to $234 million by proving that Apple hasn't willfully infringed on the obscure patent. 

In the meantime, Apple wanted the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to review the validity of the patent, but the request was shot down, and now a judge has almost doubled the original damage decision citing the extra damages accrued by the end of 2016, when the patent expired. Oh well, you win some, you lose some in this great American Game of Patents. It's no wonder that Apple scooped the patent portfolio of Pantech recently, trying to shield itself from further eventual litigation then.

source: Reuters

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35 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

A drop in the bucket.

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Unlike Google fining by EU

32. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Can see you are still beaming over Google getting fine. Must be a long overdue delayed gratification. It's like getting an Explosive Orgasm!

5. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Good thing, apple has bank account full of money. Let them pay some amount to the university. Peanuts for apple but good amount for the university.

30. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The fact that the university needs to sue to get a penny out of apple have been... well consistent.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3974; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Well deserved

4. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

506 million to a company sitting on a 259 billion surplus of cash is like pennies.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 3974; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Which makes it perfectly ok to steal others intellectual property.

29. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Just because they have that doesn't mean they like losing it. That's a lot of money no matter how much you have.

6. slow00

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

......but the s8 lags

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

iPhone 7 lags too. Though, not so much. Thing is, every phone lags at some point.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

IPhone's lag more to be honest. A phone that has no features shouldn't lag at all. But then there are countless articles and threads on iPhone lag since the very first model.

31. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Techie, you are a piece of s**t.....

19. cncrim

Posts: 1585; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

FYI, as today iPhone is crash more often then android counter part, you know that right?

33. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Crash and lag are completely different things, you know that, right.......?

7. slow00

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Ignore my previous post...unfortunately i have been diagnosed with lumbergh-itis

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It's a brain disease if memory serves me well. Killing off IQ points

11. slow00

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Exactly and this is what i am afraid the most ...but the samsung galaxy s8 lags (ignore this. I have been diagnosed with lumbergh-itis)

13. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Well..........i read it late.

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3094; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I only want 1 million and I'm all set. Oh well.

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

HAHA, me too. Like, Apple could give 10000 people a million dollars and still have it's bank account shortened by only a billion...........

16. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1314; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

1,000 people only for today billion.

20. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Oh sorry for the extra 0. A misclick.

17. nikhil23

Posts: 420; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

10000 X 1 million = 10 billion

21. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yeah, it was a misclick.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Nah...you just can't count. Fact is, they could give every person on this planet 1Billion and still have plenty. There are on 7.1Billion people on the planet.

27. kylebelle

Posts: 74; Member since: May 03, 2016

Lol. I hope you're joking.

34. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Nah, he isn't joking. It's how he is.

28. lyndon420

Posts: 6603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Let's do a re-check of your arithmetic Techie... 7.1 billion (people) × 1 billion (dollars) =.... How much money would apple have left over again?!?

35. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Please have sympathy on him. You will insult him just because he can't count?? Huh? You will insult him only because he is retarded? Only because he doesn't know that you shouldn't try to take on others when you can't count yourself? Am sorry for you Lyndon. You're this cruel, I couldn't believe. You must be sent to prison for insulting such a piece of uncountable retard. SHAME!

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