Last year, Apple was sued by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. WARF, as it’s known, was put in place to protect the University of Wisconsin’s intellectual property, including rights and patents.
That lawsuit was put against Apple due to the belief that Apple used the university’s technology in its A7, A8 and A8X processors, which were included in products dating back to the 2013 and 2014 iPhone and iPad devices. A jury overseeing the case against Apple has come to a decision, based on a report published recently by Reuters.
That decision was against Apple, saying that Apple did indeed infringe on patents owned by the WARF. With that decision now in place, Apple could be facing damages upwards of $862 million.
“According to a recent ruling by U.S. District Judge William Conley, who is presiding over the case, Apple could be liable for up to $862.4 million in damages.”
For its part, Apple had argued that the patent that the WARF believed Apple was infringing on was invalid, and therefore couldn’t be infringed upon. The jury ruled in the opposite, saying that the patent was certainly valid.
As for the patent in question, it was originally filed back in 1998 and is titled, “Table based data speculation circuit for parallel processing computer,” which covers a method of improving processor efficiency.
While this is a major decision, there are actually two more “stages” to go through. Now that the jury has found Apple guilty of infringing on the patent, the next phase of the trial will focus on the amount of damages Apple owes. Then, after that is figured out, the jury will be tasked with determining if Apple willfully infringed on the patent. If they decide Apple did, those damages could increase quite a bit.[via Reuters]