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

1. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

I guess Apple didn't pay enough to bribe the judge.

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Plot twist: Judge uses an Android...notably a Samsung?

35. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Apple the king ♔ of patent trolling *trolled * hardest :)

92. Acer_Predator unregistered

Maybe windows phone ..

114. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I'm guessing Judge Koh had nothing to do with this trial.... And of course no surprises Apple's intention to appeal the decision - because they are willing to blow $234M in legal fees to win back a $234M payout... ROFLMAO

11. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

About time, when you get to taste your own medicine.

115. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Agreed. If Apple was smart, they'd pay up and double it as an investment into the University. It's not like they're short of coin, and willfully making a donation to the university would be seen as praise, good will and an apology - rather than appealing the decision which could have been worse and up to $864M in damages.. Apple you bunch of knts..

15. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

These judges put billion dollar plenty in apple vs Samsung cases on small things like rubber band effect. But now, when apple has stolen real technology then they are putting peanuts penalty. Plz you smelly judges and jurry, put at least 1 billion dollars, bcoz the money will be used for education and research. Take more from fat stomach apple. By the way, technology was patented in 1988. USPTO system is really stupid and crazy. The patent must be expired by 1995. What this patent is doing nearly after thirty years? Patent is active forever? If so, then no wonder why US has so many fat stomach bas**rds and normal ppl are wearing out paying taxes.

36. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Gotta agree with this. They tried to get lots more from Samsung for minor stuff. And judge, jury agreed with those damages. This tho? Without the cpu you have no product...period. "Had Judge William Conley not ruled that Apple's infringement was not done willfully," And I would like to know how he came up with this conclusion. Yet Samsung is always seen to do so willingly....

44. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Patents stay in effect until 70 years after the creators death.

57. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You don't like American's do you?

82. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I like Americans and that's why I mention normal ppl are just paying their taxes. They are honestly paying and some big fat money hoggers are filling their stomachs with the help of corrupt law they have made, which help richer to get even more richer but doesn't help much for normal ppl.

95. Acer_Predator unregistered

You don't understand which americans.. you mortals or just normal ppl you are harmless hurtless.. but those americans who are.your leaders are very cheeky..

90. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it will make judge look bad if they let samsung (or non-US company wins).. but it also make them look worse if they let apple win over education instance like this one.. at least those judge still got some credibility and apple didnt lose too much money

93. Acer_Predator unregistered

Everybody doing acoording theirs likes.. ppl love money unfortunately.. monies are stronger than human.. human is poor being means nothing.. human failed in this world in every aspect! What drives human to love money? It's jealousy/envy..

28. vladimir86

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 15, 2011

Well initially was mor then 800...

34. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

King ♔ of patent troll >Apple < "trolled" harder.... :)

94. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

So Wisconsin ppl will never get a job in Apple from now :P

96. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

They did paid enough to lower the damages fee from $862 million to $234.

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Nobody makes money with Apple™

8. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Instead... Everyone gets ripped-off by Apple™

9. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

You are wrong. Everyone makes money with iOS.

10. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

The University of Wisconsin-Madison certainly made money with apple

16. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

University of Madison has given a medicine to apple.

3. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

*sips tea*

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Would you like to have some biscuit crackers to go with it?

88. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Just as long as Apple didn't pay for it, they need their money after this.

7. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

This can't help my basket of Apple shares (including a more generous dividend hike). Anyway, there should be a class-action suit against just about all universities for charging ~$10K for classes (largely on one or another form of political correctness) that don't help with real world production / services--ESPECIALLY the larger universities who make fortunes on their athletic programs. Sorry to get a little off-topic. However, it was PhoneArena who posted the article.

12. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

So you want to sue universities to give you money because universities are making money? Erm it's called capitalism bro. Supply and demand. Maybe you need more universities with a higher standard of education. You can't sue a jewellery shop for selling gold

29. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Then we should also sue Apple for selling iPhones for $800+ when they cost less than $200 with 3 years old technology, not to mention that innovative iPencil.

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