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Apple Faces A Massive $862 Million In Damages For Patent Infringement

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In another lawsuit appearing not so much in favor of Apple, the Cupertino giant might have to pay a massive $862 million in penalties for infringing patent registered to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Apple is alleged to be using a technology , which is owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s licensing arm, without permission in chips of many of its devices. The technology was designed in 1998 and serves the purpose of enhancing the efficiency of processors.

As per claims, Apple uses that technology in many of its devices. Following this claim, the jury was considering whether Apple’s A7, A8 and A8X processors violate the patent or not. The jury has verified that the patent registered to the University of Wisconsin-Madison is valid.

Last month, WARF launched a second lawsuit against Apple, this time targeting the company’s newest chips, the A9 and A9X, using in the iPhone 6 and 6 plus.

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) filed a case against Intel back in 2008 for using the same patent, but it was immediately settled out of court. Now, for the same patent WARF has dragged Apple to the doorsteps of court.

The trial will move forward to determine the damages that the university is owed. However, the judge presiding over the case has suggested the figure could reach as much as $860 million.

The case is Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation v. Apple Inc in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, No. 14-cv-62.


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