Apple ordered to pay over $500m in patent dispute with university

Judge orders Apple to pay University of Wisconsin $507M for infringing on chip efficiency patent

Judge orders Apple to pay University of Wisconsin $507M for infringing on chip efficiency patent

Now the judge has somewhat thrown the book at Apple, basically doubling the judgement.

According to US District Judge William Conley, this is because he feels that Apple owes the university additional damages plus interest as Apple had continued to infringe upon the patent until its expiry, which was in December 2016.

The original case covered Apple's use of the invention in its A7, A8 and A8X processors, which are found in devices including the iPhone 5S and the iPad Air 2. This enables a processor to predict what instructions a user will put into the system based on previous choices.

Apple hasn't commented on WARF's win.

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is the group that sued Apple in 2014, and although the most recently ordered fine is significant, the group had intended for an even more damaging figure of $862 million to be inflicted on Apple.

In the meantime, Apple wanted the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to review the validity of the patent, but the request was shot down, and now a judge has nearly doubled the original damage decision citing the extra damages accrued by the end of 2016, when the patent expired. Apple was ordered to pay $234 million in this case by a jury back in 2015. The patent for this "predictor circuit" was obtained by science professor Gurindar Sohi and three of his students in 1998. In 2015, a jury awarded WARF $234 million in damages after jurors determined Apple was violating the University's patent.

Apple is going to have to feed a recognized patent troll hundreds of millions of dollars for infringing on a patent that has to do with processor efficiency. Conley said he would not rule in that case until Apple has had an opportunity to appeal the 2015 jury verdict.