Apple Ordered to Pay over $500m in Patent Dispute with University of Wisconsin

Apple Ordered to Pay over $500m in Patent Dispute with University of Wisconsin

2017/7/27

A US 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. The technology company was sued in January 2014 over US patent number 5,781,752, which covers “predictor circuit” technology. This enables a processor to predict what instructions a user will put into the system based on previous choices.
Apple was originally ordered to pay $1.61 “per infringing unit for accused processors sold through the initial entry of judgment on October 26, 2015”, Conley said. On July 24, Conley added a further $272 million to the overall award. This was to account for ongoing royalties that Apple owed at the rate of $2.74 per infringing unit from the date of the judgment to December 2016, when the patent expired, plus interest.

 

Source: WIPR




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