The amount is less than what the complainant is asking. But it’s a huge win, nevertheless.
Apple is ordered to pay over $234 million to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and its licensing arm, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation or WARF, following a decision by the jury that ruled the technology company guilty of infringing a patent for processors. WARF sued Apple in January 2014, claiming that its patent (U.S. Patent No. 5,781,752) was used on the A7, A8, and A8X processors, found in the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
Although the amount is less than what WARF was claiming in damages (WARF is asking $400 million), its legal team is pleased with the verdict. It was all smiles and handshakes, reports the Wisconsin State Journal. “We’re very pleased with the verdict,” said attorney Morgan Chu, who made the closing argument for WARF on Friday. “The court here and the judge and staff were magnificent.”
Apple tried to limit the dues, arguing before the jury that the amount should be less than the $110 million WARF received from Intel. The iPhone maker insisted that the liabilities should be around 7 cents per device sold instead of $2.74 per device, which WARF claims. The licensing arm uses much of its income to fund researches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which received $58 million in grants in 2014.
The jury deliberated for three and half hours before the verdict. However, U.S. District Judge William Conley, who presides the case, ruled that Apple did not wilfully infringed WARF’s chip patent, protecting Apple from paying more damages. WARF also sued the technology company in September, this time targeting the new chips used in the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPad Pro.
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“This is a case where the hard work of our university researchers and the integrity of patenting and licensing discoveries has prevailed,” said Carl Gulbrandsen, Managing director of WARF. “The jury recognized the seminal computer processing work that took place on our campus. This decision is great news for the inventors, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and for WARF.”