Judge Increases Award to WARF in Apple Patent Case to $506M

  • Judge Increases Award to WARF in Apple Patent Case to $506M

Judge Increases Award to WARF in Apple Patent Case to $506M

As it turns out, UW-Madison researchers "generate hundreds of new inventions every year", which are patented and licensed by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) to provide "income for inventors and money for future research".

The order signed by Conley yesterday shows that in addition to the damages awarded by the jury, the court also ordered Apple to pay an amount for each instance of infringement.

Apple stated that it will appeal the verdict, but it will do so knowing that there are other legal issues that the company needs to handle.

A US judge ordered Apple to pay the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation $506 million for infringing on a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin. US District Judge William Conley in Madison added $272 million to the previous $234 million jury verdict, adding up to a total of $506 million. WARF said it had held the patent to this technology since 1998.

The suit goes all the way back to 2014 when the university accused Apple of infringing a patent titled, "Table based data speculation circuit for parallel processing computer". Interestingly the patent pre-dates Apple's first iPhone in June 2007 and the penalty is seen as fairly insignificant for the world's largest tech company.

Interestingly, the University has another lawsuit against Apple that was filed in 2015, which alleges that later iPhone processors are continuing with the violation.

The original case covered Apple's patent infringement in its A7, A8 and A8X processors built in devices including the iPhone 5S and iPad Air 2. Apple continued to violate the patent until it expired in December 2016 and now owes additional damages and interest to WARF, according to court documents. And all of this is about technology utilized from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.