Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation sues Apple for patent infringment involving the A7 chip

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation sues Apple for patent infringment involving the A7 chip
Apple's A7 chip powers the Apple iPhone 5s, the Apple iPad Air and the Apple iPad mini with Retina display. The chip is now also the subject of a patent dispute between Apple and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. The latter has filed a suit against Apple, on behalf of the University of Wisconsin. At issue is patent number 5,781,752 titled "Table based data speculation circuit for parallel processing computer".

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation is the division of the University that controls the school's patent portfolio. According to the Foundation, Apple used the patent in the A7 to improve the efficiency and performance of it. The suit asks Apple to stop infringing on the patent and wants the court to force Apple to pay monetary damages.


In the past, Apple has filed one or more patent applications using the '752 patent as relevant prior art, so it obviously was aware of its existence. So far,no judge has been assigned to this case, which we will follow as it progresses through the Wisconsin legal system.


source: PatentlyApple via CNET

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12 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I guess we can chalk this up to karma...?

3. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

It's like the old saying "An eye for a tooth, A nose for a chin. A butt for a"...

11. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Let us hear from those who say apple only "innovates"

2. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Sounds like google behind that but we all know all apple is going to pay the fair amount to use the patent and show samsung that is what you suppose to do when caught. True story!

4. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

the big bad apple infringing.... thought they could never do such thing... if i was WARF ill want them to stop selling they products and pay me for was already sold....

5. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Apple are getting a taste of their own FRUIT. :P

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Kind of hard to label the U of Wisconsin as a patent troll. Best course of action for Apple would seem to be to negotiate a license.

6. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Poor apple

7. Rocksteady unregistered

And the hunter becomes the prey. apple, get out of the way, more space needed for Android and WP8 to grow further.

9. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Hahahahahahahahahahahah I still like the A7 regardless.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The A8 is gonna be OP :)

12. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Knowing history of Apple, this isn't surprising at all.

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