On October 13, it was revealed that Apple had lost a major patent lawsuit focused on the technology within the A7 and A8 processors with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, or WARF, as part of the University of Wisconsin.
Now, according to a report published by Reuters, that has led into Apple being ordered to pay $234 million in damages to the university on infringing on one of its patents tied to its processor. As originally reported in the initial case announcement, WARF had originally been seeking damages upwards of $862 million, but that was later reduced to $400 million.
This decision means that Apple will be paying more than half of that sought total.
Apple’s initial patent lawsuit with WARF saw the university claiming that Apple had infringed on its patents tied to the technology used within the A7 and A8 processors, which would be used in products like the iPhones and iPads launched in 2013 and 2014. The case was ruled against Apple, as it was determined that Apple had indeed infringed on that patent.
The next stage is to determine whether or not Apple had willfully infringed on the patent, which could mean Apple has to pay over more money. On top of that, WARF has also filed another lawsuit against Apple for the same patent, but this time targeting the A9 and A9X processors, which are equipped in the iPhone 6s, 6s Pro, and the iPad Pro.[via Reuters]