Apple slapped with $506 million in patent dispute damages

Apple Patent Dispute Loss Means $506M Payday for University of Wisconsin

A US judge ordered the company to pay $502 billion in damages for infringing on a patent owned by a patent licensing arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. According to Reuters, in a surprise move today the judge almost doubled the $234 million put forward by the jury after first being hit with $862.4 million in damages when originally found guilty in 2015. This, in turn, led to an overall improvement in chip efficiency; something that the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation claims has been incorporated in Apple's A7, A8, and A8X chipsets.

WARF is the group that manages patent licensing for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. However, a judge on Monday more than doubled the fine by tacking on an additional $272 million.

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Apple is appealing the ruling and has not yet commented on today's findings. Interestingly, this comes in the back of another order that required Apple to pay $234 million to WARF on the same charges.

Apple was already ruled in breach of the WARF-owned "invention" envisioning a "predictor circuit" helping processors anticipate commands given by a user to a generic "system" a couple of years ago, with the initial $234 million jury-awarded compensation however boosted to a whopping $506 million now. That strategy worked well in the trial against Samsung, but it's now Apple's turn to taste the bitter medicine called United States patent system. The patent, which was awarded to the University in 1998, describes how the circuit can improve a processor's performance inside a device.

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At the time, Apple denied any infringement during a 2015 jury trial and argued the patent is invalid. He added $272m to the $234m jury verdict that WARF won in October 2015 against the iPhone maker.

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