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Apple could pay up to $862.4 million after losing patent lawsuit against University of Wisconsin

  • Updated: October 15, 2015 1:58 PM IST
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Apple faces the prospect of paying damages in the tune of $862.4 million for allegedly using patented technology, owned by the University of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), without permission. This technology is being used in the company s A7, A8 and A8X processors, which are powering the latest iPhones and iPads. Also Read - Beware! This new iOS bug breaks WiFi on iPhones: Here's a quick fix for it

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This technology was developed by a four-member team from the University, which also includes Gurindar Sohi and Terani Vijaykumar, two electrical and electronics engineering graduates of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. Also Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal 

The jury is now deciding how much Apple owes the foundation in damages for the patent infringements. Trial proceedings began on October 5, over a year and a half after WARF first filed its complaint against Apple with the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin in early 2014.

Last month, the foundation filed a nearly identical complaint to the one the jury decided, claiming infringement of the same patent on the new A9 and A9X processors in the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPad Pro. Apple has yet to file an answer to the latest complaint.

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According to both complaints, the patent titled “Table-Based Data Speculation Circuit for Parallel Processing Computer” was issued to Andreas Moshovos, Scott Breach, Terani Vijaykumar, and Gurindar Sohi in 1998 as a result of their “labor and ingenuity.”

“The invention disclosed and claimed in the patent has been recognized by those in the art as a major milestone in the field of computer microprocessing,” the complaints stated.

“This work has been recognized as a major milestone in the field of computer microprocessor architecture/design,” lawyers for WARF wrote as cited by Christian Science Monitor.

“Indeed, Dr. (Gurindar) Sohi, the leader of the lab that developed the ‘752 patent, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering based on his work in the field of computer architecture,” they added.

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In its case, WARF asserts Apple incorporated patented computer microarchitecture into the A7, A8 and A8X system-on-chip designs, components used in numerous iOS devices. As the University of Wisconsin’s non-profit patent management body, WARF patents and licenses inventions developed at the institution, with proceeds gained put toward future research projects.

WARF leveraged the same patent against Intel’s Core 2 Duo CPU in 2008, a case settled out of court in 2009 for an undisclosed sum.

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  • Published Date: October 15, 2015 1:31 PM IST
  • Updated Date: October 15, 2015 1:58 PM IST



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