Jury finds Apple infringed on a Univeristy of Wisconsin patent with the A7, A8 and A8X chipsets

Jury finds Apple infringed on a Univeristy of Wisconsin patent with the A7, A8 and A8X chipsets
A jury has ruled that Apple infringed on a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's licensing arm, and could be forced to pay as much as $862 million in damages. The patent covers a method used to make processors run more efficiently, and was found to be used by Apple on its A7, A8 and A8X chipsets.

The A7 is found inside the Apple iPhone 5s, while the A8 is employed by the Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus and Apple iPad mini 4. The Apple iPad Air 2 is powered by the A8X. Apple's legal team tried to convince the jury that the patent in question was not valid. The tech titan filed a request with the USPTO to review the patent, but the request was denied by the agency.

Apple could end up on the hook for even more money. The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which brought the first case, has filed a separate suit that covers the new A9 and A9X chipsets. The former can be found inside the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus, while the latter drives the new 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro.

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source: SkyNews

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118 Comments

129. obedchuni

Posts: 341; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I m sure that apple engineers are the best and one of the top among the arm chip makers, so I fully confident that they don't have to infringe upon other's property....comeon apple show them.

95. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

How much do Apple actually have? Because this could either be something huge, or not affect them in the slightest

112. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

They are sitting on reserves somewhere north of $182 billion. This judgment is for $862 million, so it's not nothing, but if they paid every dime, it would be a little less than two days of earnings. The patent is pretty general, but it's valid and Apple should absolutely settle, just like Intel did and just like Qualcomm, Nvidia, and others will after Apple. The only people in the silicon business who are safe are those who make chips using the designs of others, like Samsung and MediaTek.

117. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So Apple makes around a billion dollars every two days? That $182 Billion isn't per year, its how much they've accumulated during their entire time as a company, from everything including Mac, iTunes, iPod, etc.

131. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I know the $180+ billion is an accumulation, but my point was that earnings per quarter are roughly $60 billion, so that represents a little less than two days of sales. It's scale. $862 million is a lot of money, but it isn't the kind of money that will make Apple file for Chapter 11.

92. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple will appeal, appeal, and appeal. It'll get lost in the paperwork shuffle, and they'll settle for around half. No products will be banned, and it'll be business as usual. In other news...

91. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Doesn't really come as any suprise.

78. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Knock knock it's KARMA Bytch

80. LookyKai

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Knock, knock. "Who's there?" Karma "Karma who?" Karma Police

51. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Hey Apple, good artist copy; great artist steal and they NEVER get caught stealing...lol This is what you get and deserve for being a patent trolling thieving piece of rat turd. Let's see Obama stupid butt save you from this one. That si why the USPTO isnt getting involved because, it would allow the President to step in again and it was wrong for him to do so against Samsung. Your @$$ is gonna pay every penny and then some.

49. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If I was the school, I would request a ban on the sales of all infringing products period, plus pay be $2Biliion in restitution. That way Apple doesn't continue to make one dime. After all, this is what Apple tries to do to other, get their products banned.

74. LookyKai

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

woah, slow down techie, i think you need to change your profession to samsung's lawyer or any lawyer that specialized sue Apple. $2Billion seems only will be granted $100 Millions.

48. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The USPTO doesn't want to get involved because, if they found Apple guilty; the PResident could step in again. Apple is just gonna have to eat this one. Almost $1Billion...yea, sounds like its Karma from the Apple vs Samsung. What I want to know is, hen Apple first made the chips; how did the school come to think Apple infringed on their design patent? I mean, in order to even find such, wouldn't you have to reverse engineer the hardware? Or did Apple have them help them and they stole the schools idea in the process? I mean we need details on how the school came fine something that is invisible to naked eyes.

85. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

From how you post I seriously thinking you are jerking off to this news...dude we get it you don't like apple...they still wont pay 800billion after all is said and done...

123. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And you know this as a fact?

124. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO great post.

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

BobbyBuster: nobody makes money with University of Wisconsin Madison.

45. darkkjedii

Posts: 31816; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Get that checkbook ready Apple, you've been naughty.

36. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

BobbyBuster took some days off to calm after reading this lol

39. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Bobby actually loves this news. He's an Android user in real life, just an over the top troll here.

41. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

bobbyBuster took off bcoz he is making money with ios

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 23173; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao!

105. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

LMAO. He's like "ahhh FCK. Well I'll see you tomorrow"

34. LookyKai

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

bad Apple, i don't care.. as long as the chip runs great on my iPhone 5s. Thanks WARF and Apple. lol, fandroids surely deep in love with articles like this.

37. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

We're just amused by the hypocrisy of not only Apple, but the Apple Militia.

47. LookyKai

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

don't count me in. lol, i'm not really like them. Apple found to be guilty, means apple did something not right and has to pay the price.

65. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

"i'm not really like them" One look at your avatar is enough.

72. LookyKai

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

haha, it's up to you. i just hate samsung and the S-heeps, doesn't mean i hate android and the OEMs. see techie, he's samsung die hard fanboy

26. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

862 million is pocket change to Apple so what's the big fuss about? They won't feel that at all. I think some are upset maybe Apple wasn't as innovative as they thought and some are pleased to hop on the trash talk Apple wagon for stealing a software design. Either way, people will still buy iPhone and Apple won't be going bankrupt so Apple hasn't taken an L.

31. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Wow. So all this time when Apple was accusing others of doing it, those companies in question were horrible. When Apple is accused of the same thing, no big deal, they can afford to pay it off? So it's OK to be in the wrong, as long as you can pay it off.

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