While Apple already knew that it has stepped into hot water, the Cupertino giant has been ordered to pay more than $234 million as a penalty for infringing the patent registered to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Apple was 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.
The technology, first incorporated into Apple’s A7 processor and used now in the A8 and A8X processors, makes the processors work faster and more efficiently, and extend battery life by as much as two hours.
Gurindar Sohi and Terani Vijaykumar, both electrical and electronics engineering graduates of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani, were part of the four-member WARF team which developed the technology.
The judge presiding over the case earlier suggested that Apple could be fined as much as $860 million. Now that the giant is proved guilty, it has been commanded to pay near about $234 million to the patent licensing arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Much of the dispute over damages had to do with whether a certain portion of Apple’s chips that were placed in devices sold abroad, rather than in the United States, also violated the WARF patent. And, Apple was found to be guilty.
Apple argued that WARF’s patent entitled it to as little as 7 cents per device sold, a far cry from the $2.74 that WARF was claiming and further said that WARF deserves less than $110 million.
Carl Gulbrandsen, managing director of WARF said-
This is a case where the hard work of our university researchers and the integrity of patenting and licensing discoveries has prevailed.
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.