Apple slapped with $506 million in patent dispute damages

Now the judge has somewhat thrown the book at Apple, basically doubling the judgement.

Apple has been ordered to pay more than $500 million in a long-fought patent dispute against the University of Wisconsin-Madison's patent-licensing division. Would not want to give any of those billions of dollars in cash to a university. U.S District Judge William Conley in Madison ruled that Apple owed additional damages plus interest because it continued to infringe the patent all the way up until it expired in 2016. The foundation claims that Apple's A7, A8, and A8X chips, found in the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and various iPads, all violate the patent. This enables a processor to predict what instructions a user will put into the system based on previous choices.

The fine more than doubles the $234 million jury verdict won by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation in 2015, according to Reuters. Judge Conley ordered Apple to pay almost twice the penalty because the judge says that Apple owed more damages for continuing to infringe on the patent until it expired at the end of 2016. Do you think Apple infringed on the patent? Interestingly, this comes in the back of another order that required Apple to pay $234 million to WARF on the same charges.

Apple did not reach back to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment by the time of publication.

However, Conley ruled that the patent infringement was not wilful. Conley said he would only announce a ruling in that case after Apple has had an opportunity to appeal the 2015 jury verdict.

Apple, during the trial before a jury, reportedly argued that the patent was not valid and called for a Trademark Office review of the patent's validity.

  • Essie Rivera