Apple ordered to pay $234 million to university for infringing patent
A U.S. jury on Friday (Oct 16) ordered Apple Inc to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent licensing arm more than $234 million in damages for incorporating its microchip technology into some of the company’s iPhones and iPads without permission.
The amount was less than the $400 million the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) was claiming in damages.
Apple said it would appeal the verdict, but declined to comment further.
WARF praised the verdict and said it was important to protect the university’s inventions from unauthorized use. “This decision is great news,” said WARF Managing Director Carl Gulbrandsen in a statement.
Jurors deliberated for about 3-1/2 hours before returning the verdict in the closely watched case in federal court in Madison, Wisconsin. It was the second phase of a trial that began on Oct. 5.
Apple had argued that WARF’s patent entitled it to as little as 7 cents per device sold, a far cry from the $2.74 that WARF was claiming.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge William Conley, who is presiding over the case, ruled that Apple had not willfully infringed WARF’s patent, eliminating a chance to triple the damages in the case.
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