“A U.S. jury on Friday ordered Apple Inc. to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent licensing arm more than $234 million in damages for incorporating its microchip technology into some of the company’s iPhones and iPads without permission,” Andrew Chung reports for Reuters.
“The amount was less than the $400 million the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) was claiming in damages after the jury on Tuesday said Apple infringed its patent for improving the performance of computer processors,” Chung reports. “Apple said it would appeal the verdict, but declined to comment further.”
“Jurors deliberated for about 3-1/2 hours before returning the verdict in the closely watched case in federal court in Madison, Wisconsin,” Chung reports. “The jury was considering whether Apple’s A7, A8 and A8X processors, found in the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus, as well as several versions of the iPad, violated the patent… Last month, WARF launched a second lawsuit against Apple, targeting the company’s newest chips and devices, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and iPad Pro.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Apple did not willfully infringe on this patent, so it’s in everyone’s best interest to figure out how much this patent is really worth and settle up ASAP.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Swordmaker” for the heads up.]