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Apple Ordered To Pay $506M In Wisconsin Patent Infringement

2015 Jury Found Apple Infringed On Patent Held By Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

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A judge has ordered computer-maker Apple Inc. to pay more than $506 million in a patent infringement case brought by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation after the two sides agreed on final damages.

A jury in 2015 found Apple infringed on a patent held by the foundation, which supports research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The patent involves chip technology developed at the university. The technology was used in processors installed by Apple in a number of products.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that last month, U.S. District Judge William Conley upheld a $234 million damage award made by the jury. He ordered the foundation and Apple to work on a final figure based on the number of units sold that contained the technology.

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Cupertino, California-based Apple has appealed the jury’s findings.

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation said in a statement it will continue to defend the work of the university researchers and its patent in this case.

Editor’s note: This story was last updated at 3:50 p.m. Friday, July 28, 2017.

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