A U.S jury on Friday ordered Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) to pay more than $234 million in damages for patent infringement. The jury had earlier decided that Apple incorporated microchip technology into iPhones and iPads without permission.
However, the amount was less than $400 million the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) was claiming in damages. The jury said Apple was infringing the patents for improving the performance of computer processors. Apple said it would appeal, and declined to comment further. University of Wisconsin-Madison computer sciences professor Gurindar Sohi, one of the inventors of the technology was in the federal court in Madison, Wisconsin, for the decision.
“This is a case where the hard work of our university researchers and the integrity of licensing discoveries have prevailed,” said Carl Gulbrandsen, WARF managing director.
Though the case was related to the use of technology in iPhone 5, 6 and 6 Plus, an additional lawsuit claiming the same in iPhone 6 and 6S has been filed. In 2009, Wisconsin sued Intel regarding the same patent, and it was settled out of court. Apple argued the jurors that WARF deserved less than $110 million settled with Intel Corp.
Apple added that WARF’s patent entitled as little as 7 cents per device as opposed to the $2.74 that WARF was claiming. U.S District Judge William Conley, who is presiding the case ruled that Apple had not willfully infringed the patent, removing the chances of tripling the damages.
Apple declined to comment on the case. According to WARF’s website, the generated income is rolled out support research at the university, and has rolled out more than $58 million in grants last year. Patent battles between tech firms are on the rise around the world. Recently, it was ruled that Samsung and others did not infringe on patents of graphic card maker NVIDIA.
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