Saturday, October 17, 2015

Apple Patent Case: Wisconsin University Wins Huge Damages


Apple to Pay - Damages for Patent Infringement

Apple has been ordered by a US jury to pay more than $234m as damages for patent infringement. The patent licensing arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation had stated that the verdict was considered to be important to protect its inventions from being misused.

A decision had been taken earlier by the jury that Apple merged patented microchip technology in some iPhones and iPads without permission and Apple had stated that it would appeal for the same. It could be a bad moment for Apple to go through the court proceedings for using the microchip in their gadget without taking permission for the same from the manufacturer.

Further comments were declined by the company. The amount was said to be less than the foundation had claimed and had initially sought as much as $862m. The amount was reduced in part since the judge had ruled out that Apple had not deliberately infringed the patent. Professor Curindar Sohi of the University of Wisconsin-Madison computer sciences one of the inventors of the microchip technology that had been created to enhance the performance of computer processor had been in the federal court for the decision, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Apple Refrained from Agreeing to Licencing Conditions

The university had mentioned in court that it had made efforts in dealing with Apple, however was swiped away when the company had refrained from agreeing with any licensing conditions. It would probably come to regret for doing so.

There were other reports though unconfirmed that the damages were set at $862bn and figures indicate that Apple had earned $4,540 a second and giving it a couple of minutes, there could be some way there.The annual revenue of Apple for the year 2014 was $182bn.

The managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Carl Gulbrandsen had stated that this seems to be a case where the hard work of the university researchers and the integrity of patenting as well as licensing discoveries had prevailed and the jury had recognized the seminal computer processing work which had taken place on the campus.

 The situation was connected to the usage of the technology in iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus and an added lawsuit which made the same claim against Apple’s latest models, the 6S and 6S Plus was also filed.

Severe Battles – Patents – Fought in Courts Worldwide

Intel was sued by the University of Wisconsin for the same patent in 2008 and the case had been settled out of court for an unknown sum.

Inspite of the latest revealed truces between some of the big tech firms, severe battles with regards to patents still tend to be fought in courts worldwide.

Recently a judge had tossed claims by graphic card specialist Nvidia that Samsung together with the others had infringed three of its patents.

University of Wisconsin had successfully demanded that Apple had utilised its microchip technology without any permission in some of its iPhones and iPads. It is said that the patent filed in 1998 is to improve the power efficiency of microchips. The case is related to the use of the technology in the iPhone 5s. 6 and 6 Plus

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