Apple Ordered to Pay University of Wisconsin $234 Million in A7/A8 Patent Lawsuit

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    Apple has been ordered to pay the University of Wisconsin's intellectual property management arm $234 million in damages for infringing on one of its processor patents, reports Reuters.

    Earlier this week, a jury ruled Apple had infringed on a patent owned by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) when it used patented technology in its A7, A8, and A8X processors included in the 2013 and 2014 iPhone and iPad lineup.

    WARF had originally asked for damages as high as $862 million, but later lowered that request to around $400 million. Apple will be paying a little more than half of the requested amount with the $234 million award WARF received from the jury. The presiding judge ruled Apple had not willfully infringed on WARF's patent, so the damages award will stay at $234 million.

    The patent in question, titled "Table based data speculation circuit for parallel processing computer," was originally granted in 1998 and covers a method for improving processor efficiency. It lists several current and former University of Wisconsin researchers as inventors.

    The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation has also filed a second lawsuit against Apple for the same patent, accusing the company of using the technology in the A9 and A9X chips found in the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and iPad Pro.

    For the first six months of 2015, Apple averaged a daily net profit of $134.7 million, which means the judgment will account for approximately 42 hours of profit. Apple has said it will appeal the ruling.

    Article Link: Apple Ordered to Pay University of Wisconsin $234 Million in A7/A8 Patent Lawsuit
     
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    Wow. However, I hope they do appeal.
     
  4. MikeKlump macrumors member

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    Really put's into perspective how much money Apple is making.
     
  5. blue22 macrumors 6502a

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    Just part of the cost of doing R&D for Apple. J/K ;)
     
  6. nutjob macrumors 6502a

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    Apple continues its tradition of breaking the law and infringing on others' rights.
     
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    "The jury has yet to determine whether Apple willfully infringed on the patent."
     
  9. Bunke101 macrumors newbie

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    Why? Should Apple not have to pay for using other people's property? Regardless of intent, they did!
     
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    Let me look under this couch cushion...oh yeah, here you go.
     
  11. busyscott macrumors regular

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    Ya, but you still have to live in Wisconsin so...
     
  12. S13eric macrumors newbie

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    It's gonna hit the 30's overnight, I'm pissed!
     
  13. JoeInMilwaukee macrumors regular

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    Hopefully the University of Wisconsin accepts Apple Pay. :)


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    We'll see what they say in their appeal. Appeals do sometimes change the outcome, which would render your last sentence invalid, since we're obviously really only listening to the court.
     
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    One correction to the story: The court already ruled that WARF is not entitled to treble damages since Apple put up a reasonable defense and did not "recklessly" infringe upon the patents.
     
  16. technopimp macrumors 6502a

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    What does that have to do with anything? Or because one person stole something, it's ok if you do too?

    If they really did willingly and knowingly do this, then I'm glad they got caught and called on it.
     
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    Thanks, Reuters just added that bit. Updated the story.
     
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    If it does not have rounded corners apple will loose this one
     
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    This thread still needs the obligatory; University of Wisconsin = patent trolls.
     
  21. arkhanjel macrumors regular

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    Pretty much.
     
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    I think I want to apply to University of Wisconsin for my fully funded Masters Degree
     
  23. err404 macrumors 68020

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    If it is true that Apple was not aware of the patent, this illustrates the big issue with the current laws. The law is meant to protect ideas from being stolen, but if the idea is independently arrived at, it shows that the idea was not novel to begin with.
     
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    While I agree, that would be far too hard to figure out. Look at the Sam Smith / Tom Petty thing - Sam Smith said he never even heard the TP song but so what? He willingly paid up.
     
  25. DaveN macrumors 6502a

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    No. Scott Walker and the Republican legislature will appropriate the money and give it to their donors as 'tax breaks' for nothing.
     

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