Apple found Guilty of Violating University of Wisconsin-Madison Patent

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A Madison, Wisconsin jury found Apple Inc. guilty of violating patent law by suing technology developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison back in 1998. The technology, which helps chips process information faster, has been found in a number of Apple devices, including the iPhone 5 and 6, as well as the iPad Pro.

Apple, of course, maintained that they didn’t violate patent law, and even held that the patent owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison was not legal. The jury decided otherwise. This comes after Apple also tried to convince the United States Patent and Trademark Office to review the patent to make sure it was valid, which they refused to do.

Now, the trial will move on to the next step, which is to determine how much Apple owes in damages. According to United States District Judge William Conley, who is presiding over the case, they could face as much as $862.4 million in damages. While that is a significant amount of money, the actual amount is yet to be determined, and shouldn’t be too hard for Apple to pay, as they’ve been quite successful.

It’s also possible that the trial won’t even go that far. Back in 2008, the University sued Intel over the same patent, but that ended up being settled out of court on the even of the trial. The suit is being handled by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) on behalf of the University. They have also launched a second suit against Apple, for using the same technology in even newer devices released since the first suit started I January 2014.

Being as thy have successfully shown that Apple did violate their patent in the current trial, it seems likely that Apple will settle the new suit out of court. The precedent already exists that they are guilty, and no other jury could be unaware by the events of the current trial.


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I am currently an Accounting Director living in New York City. I love reading and learning more about business, finance, tech, and current events.

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