Apple Found Guilty of Infringing U. of Wisconsin Patent

Posted by at 10:22 am on October 14, 2015

Apple Logo BlueApple is facing a massive judgment in a patent complaint concerning processors found in the iPhone and iPad.

A jury in Madison, Wisconsin, found Apple guilty of using a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) without permission. The patent involves increasing the efficiency of chips. The technology is found in the A7, A8, and A8x processors, which power the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus, and the iPad Air 2.

Apple sought to have the patent declared invalid, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected Apple’s bid. WARF originally filed the lawsuit in January 2014 and just recently filed a second lawsuit concerning the A9 and A9x chips, which are in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and the forthcoming iPad Pro.

Apple could be on the hook for up to $862 million. The trial is now moving to the penalty phase to determine how much Apple owes. Apple maintained its innocence.

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