“Apple’s potential damages in a patent fight with the University of Wisconsin’s licensing body could reach $400 million as a trial on the amount Apple owes for infringing a processor patent got under way on Wednesday, two people familiar with the case said,” Andrew Chung reports for Reuters. “The figure is less than half the amount that U.S. District Judge William Conley cited last month as the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation’s maximum claim for damage.”
“In a pre-trial ruling on Sept. 29, Conley refused a request by Apple to limit damages in the case. He said WARF’s maximum claim was $862.4 million, citing Apple’s own figures,” Chung reports. “On Tuesday, a federal jury in Madison, Wisconsin said Apple violated a patent owned by WARF, which helps improve chip efficiency. The jury also said that the patent was valid.”
Chung reports, “But heading into the damages phase of the trial on Wednesday, WARF’s claim is approximately $400 million, according to sources from both sides speaking on background as the trial is ongoing.”
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MacDailyNews Take: And so – poof! – just like that $862 million dwindles to a mere $400 million. We’ll keep an eye on this case as it winds through the “system” to see how juries outside of Madison, Wisconsin regard this Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation patent.
Apple loses patent lawsuit to University of Wisconsin, faces up to $862 million in damages – October 13, 2015