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Apple on the hook for US$234 million in patent lawsuit

Yoni Heisler | Oct. 21, 2015
Apple ordered to pay US$234 million in patent lawsuit.

Rose Gold iPhone 6S Plus
This year's iPhone's look just like last year's -- with one exception. They're now offered in Rose Gold, in addition to Space Gray, Silver and Gold. (This is the 6S Plus.) Credit: Ken Mingis

Apple last week found itself on the losing end of what initially appeared to be a nearly $900 million legal judgement, and believe it or not, Samsung played no part in the story.

A Wisconsin jury last week ruled that Apple's series of Ax processors infringe upon patents owned by the University of Wisconsin's licensing arm, also known as the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).

The patents in question pertain to power efficiency in mobile processors, and interestingly enough, WARF sued Intel over the same patents not too long ago. In that particular case, though, Intel opted to settle for $110 million before the case went to trial.

With respect to Apple, the products affected by WARF's lawsuit include any device housing an A7, A8, A8X, or A9 processor, meaning that the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPad Air models, iPad Mini 2, and the upcoming fourth-gen Apple TV were included in the suit.

Notably, Apple's efforts to have WARF'S patents invalidated didn't pan out.

In any event, the final payout amount Apple is on the hook for was determined to be $234 million. Apple, of course, plans to appeal the ruling, so it'll be interesting to see how this one plays out. For what it's worth, Apple, during the build up to the trial, had argued that the amount it owed, if anything, should have been far less than the $110 million settlement WARF previously reached with Intel.

Source: Network World


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