University Will Receive $506 Million From Apple Because Of Patent Infringement

WARF sued Apple in 2014 of infringing on a patent of a predictor circuit that improves processor performance

A USA judge has ordered Apple to pay an additional $272 million in damages to the University of Wisconsin over its use of "predictor circuit" patents, bringing the total amount owed by Apple to more than $500 million. In a separate situation, a judge overturned a jury's ruling in August that Apple has to pay a dubious tech company, often colloquially considered as a "patent troll", $625.6 million. As per the statements of Conley, Apple owes extra damages along with some heavy interest.

In another twist to the entire legal battle, Apple is also facing another lawsuit filed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison on similar charges, that of infringing on the same patent.

The suit goes all the way back to 2014 when the university accused Apple of infringing a patent titled, "Table based data speculation circuit for parallel processing computer".

This was despite Apple's request for a finding that the patent was invalid.

According to Reuters, Judge Conley added $272 million to the damages award after determining that Apple continued to use the technology in iPhones through December 2016. Currently, the Apple spokesperson has refused to give any statements over this issue.

Apple is going to have to feed a recognized patent troll hundreds of millions of dollars for infringing on a patent that has to do with processor efficiency. Let us wait and watch how things turn up and in whose favor!

Apple did not respond to a Fortune request for comment on the judge's decision. Apple found itself on the losing end of an infringement lawsuit from the group in October 2015 when a jury ruled the A7, A8, and A8X processors were using technology covered by a patent the school holds.

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