Jury rules Apple must pay $234 million for infringing on University of Wisconsin-Madison patent

Jury rules Apple must pay $234 million for infringing on University of Wisconsin-Madison patent
Last week, we told you that a jury ruled that Apple had infringed on a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Apple apparently failed to obtain a license before including this patented technology with its A7, A8 and A8X chipsets. These were employed by Apple inside the Apple iPhone 5s (A7), Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus (A8), Apple iPad mini 4 (A8) and Apple iPad Air 2 (A8X).

Yesterday, the jury deliberated for three and half hours before deciding that Apple has to pay the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) $234 million for using a "predictor circuit" on the chips. The technology was patented in 1988, after being developed by computer science professor Gurindar Sohi and three of his students.

Apple claimed that at most, it should pay the school 7 cents for each unit shipped with the part. WARF was seeking $2.74 a unit, or $400 million. The jury also decided that iPhones and iPads sold outside of the U.S. had violated the patent. 

The damage could have been worse for Apple. Had Judge William Conley not ruled that Apple's infringement was not done willfully, the $234 million could have been tripled.

But this nightmare isn't over yet for Apple. Last month, WARF filed a similar suit covering the new A9 and A9X chipsets. The former powers the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus, while the latter drives the Apple iPad Pro.

Apple says that it will appeal the verdict.

source: Reuters

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115 Comments

119. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO on post 113.

113. discharge unregistered

I'm done here with darrk and Ted on here, going to move onto to pester darrk!!! Yuuuuuuup

101. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Hrm, surprisingly little compared to what Apple got from Samsung, over what I would consider significantly less important patents, the processor architecture is the main thing that drives their phones, you'd think that it would mean significantly higher amount needed to be paid, oh well.

100. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Tasting their own blood! Well am Happy to hear this news.

70. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

Use the existing technology and then make it better and prettier. Simply Apple!

69. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

More people should sue them.

42. SIGPRO

Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Now these days i just laugh at People with iphones....and i can't stop laughing!

64. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why? They bought what they like with their money. When I first got an iPhone I felt very proud and I looked down on Android users, because at the time, Android phones were still making ugly iPhone knock-offs that were bulky and ugly. Now that Androids are so much better, I am proud but I don't look down on them. I pity most because they simply got hooked on Apple's marketing. But I work with people who choose the iPhone because it simply works. I don't care what device people choose. What I don't like is when they make BS claims where they think their device is all around the best. IPhone users love to smug us Android users just like Mac users do Windows users. That is what I laugh at. I find it funny they love to mock computers and devices that in many cases costs less and offer more. They have this smug about paying for an "experience". A non-tangible thing that is all subjective.

67. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Same when i got an iPad 4 after being tired of using Galaxy Tab which pretty bad when it comes to standby time, iPad feels solid and more premium with aluminum build it's make me proud. After few months i rarely using it anymore, just following the hype. I feel browsing is better on your pc desktop and for mobility larger screen smartphone or phablet like galaxy note was more convenient.

102. mrochester

Posts: 1050; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Yeah they are as bad as the obnoxious Android users who think that everyone should use an Android phone and that they are somehow more tech savvy or 'enlightened' because they've bought an Android device.

103. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There are definitely asshats on both sides, no doubt. Just the most militant ones seem to be Apple lovers.

37. discharge unregistered

Good that Tim Cook or should I say Tim crook got sued!! Good Apple rips people off for there junk products as it is!! Glad I never owned or wanted Apple it's all crap

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The other day, you spoke about taking your 6S Plus back after two weeks, now you've never owned, or wanted any Apple products. You're a liar, and a dummy. For the record, it's their, not "there" junk products.

55. discharge unregistered

You sure about that you couldn't pay me to own Apple crap!! It's all Sammy note 5 for me!!

60. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're a joke, and a liar dude. Your credibility is shot with me. I've read your posts about owning a 6S Plus. I'll no longer bother responding to you, cause I don't respect liars...goodbye.

66. discharge unregistered

Your the liar!!!! I never bought a 6s plus I hate Apple and iPhones they are only hype like you!! Like i said Sammy note 5 for me not Tim crook crap

77. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

79. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ted thank you. He is a liar, and only here to cause trouble. Appreciate the help, tried to find it but I couldn't. +1

84. iushnt

Posts: 3190; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Good u caught him..

104. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Hahaha, you are a good investigator. What are you doing on PA? Police need you :p

116. discharge unregistered

No worries I'll forget you and darrk are lovers!!! Ehhh sick!!! Gross!!

118. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ted check out post 116. That's his response to being caught in a bald face lie. I'll never respond to hat clown again.

61. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Haha...funny!

49. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Yes all iphones are crap, or will become worthless crap soon enough. But at least with Android phones, you don't have to pay as much, and you don't have to stay in Apple jail aka "walled garden".

52. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Every technology will become obsolete after years or two. I'm using pc at home mac at my office android phone and apple ipad & i'm fine with it. Yes Apple product are expensive at my country, but you are free to make your choice - if Apple thing doesn't suits you then quit buying their products. Problem solved & everyone can live happily ever after...

56. discharge unregistered

Tell that to darrk above he thinks Apple is God!! Android all the way, just time till Apple fails what goes up goes down

85. iushnt

Posts: 3190; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Dark never claimed Apple is God. Yaa few Apple fans might take Apple as God but why should that matter to you?

87. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right! I've called Apple out a million times for things they do, that I don't like or deem fair. I'll continue doing so too.

97. iushnt

Posts: 3190; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I know.. I follow and remember genuine posts.. You have been fair at best, some perceive it in a biased way and some are just in denial..

99. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Notice discharge never responded, after ted posted that link?

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