A district court judge in America ruled a case between tech giant Apple and the University of Wisconsin. The plaintiff alleged that the company replicated the same microprocessor technology IP that pertains to the institution’s patent licensing portfolio. On Monday, the Wisconsin judge ordered a multi-million settlement with Apple due to WARF patent infringement.
The University of Wisconsin Won Other Cases Based on Same Allegations
On Monday, U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled in favor of the University to receive compensation for the damages inflicted by Apple. A-series CPUs under the brand of the company were the main subject of the lawsuit. The court found that the original patent belonged to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and was filed in 1998. The document tackles an innovative computer microarchitecture.
However, the University won another case back in October 2015 which was based on same allegations. The court released a similar ruling which forced Apple to cover damages with a punitive payment of $234 million. However, the latest decision underlined the fact that the initial penalty wasn’t enough. That’s because the company continued to practice its WARF patent infringement. This issue went on until the IP expired in December 2016. Therefore, the company is liable for an additional penalty of $272 million.
According to the institution, the original microarchitecture introduced a new way to streamline power efficiency and performance. The technology behind it is dubbed as “predictor circuit” and can boost the power of modern design for computer processors. The university built a similar case against Intel back in 2008. The company then had to compensate the plaintiff as well.
Apple Still Denies WARF Patent Infringement
The 2015 case against Apple deemed the patent infringement as willful. That’s because the company introduced the ‘752 patent property in one of its filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. On top of that, WARF claimed that the institution had attempted to solve the case amicably. However, the company refused to license its IP in the first place.
On the other hand, Apple still denies all these allegations. Apple sought to prove that the IP is not valid. Therefore, the company intends to appeal the latest decision and the 2015 verdict as well.
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