A U.S. jury has ordered Apple Inc. to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison as much as $234 million in damages for infringing on a patent that belongs to the university’s patenting arm, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). Moreover, WARF has said that several of Apple’s processors benefited from its patent technology, including the A7, A8 and A8X processors, which has been used in the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus, along with several versions of the iPad.
Recently, a special verdict from the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin revealed that the jury believes that WARF successfully proved that Apple did infringe on the foundation’s claims on one of its patents. At the same time, the jury also agreed that tech giant Apple failed to prove that WARF’s claims are invalid.
The patent at the center of the issue is one that involves a “table based speculation circuit for parallel processing computer.” Known as the ‘752 patent, it was developed by WARF inventors Andreas Moshovos, Scott Breach, Terani Vijaykumar, and Gurindar Sohi. According to the complaint filed by the WARF back in 2014, this patent, which allows the advanced execution of certain instructions dependent on previous instructions data, was used by Apple to improve the efficiency and performance of its A7 processor. Furthermore, the complaint explains that the said A7 processor with ‘752 patent technology was used Apple’s iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display.
WARF was claiming as much as $400 million in damages, according to Reuters. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent to WARF for ‘752 back in 1998.