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Apple Owes $234M To UW Foundation, Jury Rules

Company Found To Have Infringed Upon Patent Filed By Wisconsin Researchers For Processor Technology


A jury has awarded $234 million to a University of Wisconsin-Madison foundation responsible for patent licensing in an infringement lawsuit against Apple, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

The same federal jury ruled Tuesday that Apple had indeed infringed upon a Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation patent for microprocessor technology that the company had used in a number of its devices. On Friday afternoon, the jury announced the settlement for WARF, which ended up being substantially less than what the foundation had originally sought.

Apple used the processor technology in devices like the iPhone and iPad without obtaining a license to do so. The company had argued in court that the patent WARF filed in the mid-1990s was invalid. The jury, however, disagreed.

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WARF has also filed a separate lawsuit against Apple in the same Madison federal court for using the processor technology in its latest line of products.