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Apple ordered to pay $506 million for A-series processors patent infringement

Apple ordered to pay $506 million for A-series processors patent infringement

Apple plans to appeal Conley's latest ruling, according to a report at Reuters. Now the judge has somewhat thrown the book at Apple, basically doubling the judgement. Conley said WARF is owed additional damages plus interest because Apple continued to infringe the patent, which relates to computer processor technology, until it expired in December 2016. Would not want to give any of those billions of dollars in cash to a university.

On Wednesday a United States judge ordered tech giant Apple to pay off $506 million for patent infringement to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's patent licensing arm.

The decision is still open to appeal, after which a separate matter involving the same patent but newer A-series SoCs than the A7, A8 and A8X will be deliberated.

In October 2015, WARF was awarded a judgment in its favour and damages, with Judge William Conley ordering Apple to pay almost $235 million for infringing the patent.

The patent applies to a "predictor circuit" created to speed processing by predicting user instructions.

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. But this week, court records show U.S. District Judge William Conley added $272 million to that for a total of $506,084,992.66.

The original amount was actually set at $862 million, but the judge at that time slashed it to $234 million.

Cupertino, California-based Apple denied any infringement during a 2015 jury trial and argued the patent is invalid. Part of the reason why this never sat well with Apple is because WARF is a non-practicing entity that goes after companies for infringing its patents.

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