Apple ordered to pay university $506 million patent fine

Apple ordered to pay university $506

Apple ordered to pay university a tiny $506 million patent fine

Apple is no stranger to patent lawsuits, but the tech giant has been dragged through the mud again after a judge added a hefty additional fine to a case originally heard in 2015. The company has been ordered to pay the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) $506 million for infringing on a patent involving processors found in some versions of the iPhone. The patent was obtained by WARF in 1998.

The damages initially imposed on Apple by a jury totaled $234 million, but US District Judge William Conley added $272 million after Apple continued to infringe the patent until it expired in December 2016. The huge sum will barely make a dent in Apple’s finances, but the company is said to be appealing the ruling. It’s not the first time WARF has proven to be a thorn in the industry’s side, either. The foundation filed a case against Intel in 2008 for using the same patent, and not long after making the original infringement claim it filed another lawsuit against Apple over the company’s A9 CPUs.

Source: Engadget 

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