Apple patent dispute leads to $506m order from judge

WARF sued Apple in 2014 of infringing on a patent of a predictor circuit that improves processor performance

A jury found Apple guilty in 2015, but the judge presiding at the time slashed the initial request for $862 million to $234 million by proving that Apple hasn't willfully infringed on the obscure patent.

A couple of years ago, Apple was facing a lawsuit filed against them by the University of Wisconsin, in which the university alleged that Apple had infringed upon a patent of theirs.

The United States District Judge William Conley ordered Apple to pay a fine of $506 million to the Alumni Research Foundation of the University of Wisconsin in the case of the infringement of a patent associated with the computer processing technology used in the A7, A8, and A8X chips.

WARF sued Apple in 2014, alleging processors found in some versions of the iPhone infringe on a patent describing a "predictor circuit", which improves processor performance by predicting what instructions a user will give the system. In 2015, a jury awarded WARF $234 million. The chip, in turn, went in to power several generations of Apple devices such as the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, along with several iPad models.

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This comes after defying a court ruling initially put in place for the company's use of patented technology without permission.

The company allegedly continued to infringe upon the patent until it expired in December 2016 without paying what they owed WARF due to which the amount payable was increased.

However, Conley ruled that the patent infringement was not wilful.

This was despite Apple's request for a finding that the patent was invalid. Conley said he would only announce a ruling in that case after Apple has had an opportunity to appeal the 2015 jury verdict.

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