27 July 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Apple damages doubled

Apple must pay the University of Wisconsin another $272 million, bringing the total to $506 million, for its infringement of the university’s predictor circuit patent.

The US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin entered its judgement on 25 July, siding with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and adding the extra damages award to account for royalties that Apple accrued from the date of judgement (October 2015) to December 2016, when the patent expired.

The court had previously refused to enter an injunction against Apple, as doing so would prevent the smartphone maker from using other, non-infringing technology in its A7, A8 and A8X chip processors for its iPhone 5 and 6 devices.

Apple narrowly avoided the original $862 million in damages that WARF had originally sought because the university failed to show clear and convincing evidence that Apple willfully infringed the patent.

The smartphone maker also attempted to get the patent invalidated, but the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board said that Apple had not shown that there was reasonable likelihood that it would prevail.

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