Wisconsin Get $234 million for Apple Patent Case
The most valuable brand 2015 is in trouble now. According to Wall Street Journal, regarding to Apple patent case, on last Friday a federal jury has ordered Apple Inc. to pay the University of Wisconsin $234 million for illegally using the university’s technology in processors that power some iPhones and iPads. The amount was less than the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation had claimed, which is $862 million. The sum was lower in part because the judge ruled that Apple had not wilfully infringed the patent. Carl Gulbrandsen, managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, said:
“This is a case where the hard work of our university researchers and the integrity of patenting and licensing discoveries has prevailed.”
“it is a serious matter for us to undertake litigation to protect the UW’s patented inventions.”
The Apple patent case has started when WARF sued Apple in January 2014, for alleging infringement of its 1998 patent on a “predictor circuit”, developed by computer science professor Gurindar Sohi and three of his students. Further, the lawsuit claims Apple refused requests to legally license the IP. WARF previously used the patent in question, No. 5,781,752, to force Intel into a settlement in 2008, claiming the chip maker’s Core 2 Duo CPU infringed on claims identical to those asserted against Apple. The WARF also filed a separate lawsuit last month to Apple, asserting the same patent against Apple’s latest A9 and A9X chips incorporated in the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and upcoming iPad Pro.
However, in regards of the judge decision for Apple patent case, the company said they would do the appeal. An attorney said an appeal would likely take 18 months or more. Apple patent case is not the only patent case that happens to a big tech. Last year Apple have a battle with Samsung about patent, where Apple end up as a winner.