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



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Has he finished his popcorn, yet?

8. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I sure did! Now we wait for the iFanboys.

116. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well I can see the Droid fans are having an all you can eat buffet here.

127. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Glad you can join us for the buffet! Apple is a mega corporate that has a monopoly of 90% of mobile platform profits. They can't even be gracious enough to license for the improvement they made on their ARM SOC. Instead, they do what we have come to have known, "good artist copy great artist steal" Bad Apple!

25. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Apple the king of "patent troll"....trolled lol

38. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Not trolled. Tasting its own fruit

73. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Not really, seeing as how this is a legitimate patent and all of theirs were BS patents that got invalidated. Same fruit would be them winning in this case if they actually got the patent invalidated lol.

93. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

The beaty of apple. #innovationNOT

114. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yeah ok, next useless comment.

128. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Just for plain curiosity sir, I would like to ask if you're an apple fanboy?

101. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014


2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

"Not Apple! They only innovate, and NEVER duplicate! They NEVER use anyone's tech/designs without permission or licensing it! This CAN'T be true!" ....said no intelligent person ever.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Damn I never knew about this. Still doesn't make me love my 6SP any less now lol.

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Its okay to live in denial.. Apple been using Arm design since a long time thats i knew but thats they copied other ppl optimisation for it thats a new. Still its funny to see them get hit with the same games they hit others with. You can give a punch you can receive it right.

50. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

A lot of CPUs are based on ARM, but I'm not sure what that has to do with this story.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It shouldn't. You already bought it. If the penalty is significant, future buyers may not love the price increase much.

42. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Price increase or not, just remember "everyone makes money with iOS"

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

You should absolutely love your 6S Plus. Hell, I enjoy using my iPad Air 2. I actually like iOS and enjoy using it. What I DO NOT like are Apples business practices and the way that they have little to no respect for others patents, but scream bloody murder when someone treads on theirs.

53. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

The real problem here isn't Apple, or any other patent troll for that matter, but rather a patent and litigation system that makes this type of behavior a viable business strategy. These days you can hardly leave your front door without stepping on a patent on your way out.

63. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Apple is absolutely a "real problem" concerning this, especially since they take advantage of said flawed system and patent troll other companies.

104. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

It's the patent and legal system that makes for a cheap, legal means of keeping the competition down, and maybe squeezing them for some coin in the process. What business wouldn't take advantage of it. Apple has a lot of visibility with regard to patent litigation because they are big, but they are not the only players in the game - everyone in this industry is suing someone. Apple may be one of the more prolific litigants, but they are also the most common target. I say again, it's the the system that needs to be fixed to the degree that it steers all these companies to more traditional means of competition.

106. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm well aware that there is more than few patent trolls that are abusing the flawed system, but: 1) NONE of them HAVE to take advantage of said flawed system. It's a conscious choice, and Apple could have simply made ANOTHER CHOICE. 2) There are precious few companies out there, if any, that are a bigger patent troll than Apple. 3) Apple sues to stifle the competition. The consumer suffers in the end because if that.

54. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Accept, no one has. The slide to unlock was invalidated in every court but the US. Even though like every court founf existing prior art. Which I stated is nothing more than a graphical representation of a sliding deadbolt. I hope more of this happens. After this the school is going to get all new furniture, computers, the Dean will get a nice raise and so will the teachers. Now they can get that new Athletic Center they've always wanted. (joke)

71. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Techie, let's be real here: Samsung is not innocent of EVERY patent violation that Apple went after them for. True, a lot of was BS, and Apple is indeed a full-on patent troll (although, under Cook, they are getting better), but Samsung was guilty of some of it.

118. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I am being real. Here is the problem. Samsung has never patent trolled. Samsung only sued Apple after Apple sued them first. APPLE was found by the ITC to be infringing on several patents and Obama stepped in an vetoed it. APPLE sued Samsung over the same BS they tried to sue Microsoft over. Apple was granted patents that should never have been granted. Slide to unlock is not a technology or an innovation. It's what I said it is. It is a graphical computer representation of a sliding bolt. Patents by law require they be novel and nonobvious, not evolutionary. Example, all cars have 4 wheels. If I make a car with only 3, that should be patentable. Samsung yes is not innocent. The Galaxy S original was the only device Samsung made that looked like an iPhone. The rest did not. I'm not excusing Samsung of any guilt. What I am tired of is everyone wants to pin Samsung to a cross while Apple is left to be felt pity for when they are found to be wrong.

125. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

I never accused Samsung of being a patent troll. I know that Apple shouldn't have been granted such patents. I even argued against that being done for Apple in my comment, #69. All I am doing is being FAIR. Apple is a patent troll beyond reproach, and they are guilty as sin for treading on others IP without licensing it, but Samsung isn't innocent of treading on others patents. I'm not trying to "pin Samsung to a cross", either. But fair is fair.

66. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

hey i got the air 2 as well its a great tablet and a great price to hardware ratio. I wonder why they cant give such good price on iphone... Ah wait they want to keep high margin! I feel like you do iOS is far from a bas OS in fact its has great stuff in it i loved how stable and fast its was prior to ios7. but i hate the way they do business...

70. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. iOS actually a joy to use, and I do wish that Apple priced their phones fairly as they do their tablets. But yes, I absolutely hate the way they do business. Tim Cook has been much better concerning their business practices than the late Steve Jobs, but he still has some work to do with Apple concerning this.

111. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Hey, remember that time when they released that innovative large display with 1080p resolution?!?

113. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Hey I remember that time the Moto X was relevant. Oh sorry that was the Moto G. Everyone forgot about the former.

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