Apple to pay $506m to university in patent lawsuit

A US judge has ordered Apple to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison $506m in damages

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Apple to pay $506m to university in patent lawsuit Reuters reported that US District Judge William Conley in Madison doubled the fine. (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  July 27, 2017

Apple had been accused of infringing on a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and now a US judge has ordered the iPhone giant to pay $506m in damages.

Reuters reported that US District Judge William Conley in Madison doubled the fine by adding $272m to the original $234m that has been previously won by Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) in 2015.

Conley said to have increased the fine as Apple continued to infringe the patent until it expired in December 2016, plus additional damages and interest were owed.

Computer science professor Gurindar Sohi and three of his students first obtained the patent in 1998. However in 2014, WARF claimed that processors found in select iPhones infringed on a patent featuring a ‘predictor circuit', a processor that enhances performance by predicting user instructions.

At the time Apple had denied the claim and stated that the patent was invalid.

Apple is now appealing the ruling according to court papers.

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