The bill could have been more salty but still heavy: Apple will pay $ 234 million for violating a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin. Said patent was granted in 1998 (5,781,752) describes a processor technology used by Apple for its SoC A7 team iPhone 5S and iPad Air.
The trial was completed in early last week in Wisconsin (north). The jurors had then said Apple guilty of patent infringement, but without deciding on its immediate financial penalty.
An Apple spokesman contacted by AFP on Friday declined to comment on the verdict. However, he confirmed that the group intended to appeal.
“The jury recognized the pioneering work on processors that took place on our campus,” welcomed his part in a Carl Gulbrandsen press, who heads the university’s Research Foundation (WARF). He praised “very good news for inventors” and the recognition of “hard work” of university researchers. Apple had argued during the trial that the patent at issue was invalid. An argument that the jury rejected.
In 2008, the University of Wisconsin had already sued Intel in about the same patent. He had chosen to avoid trial by paying 110 millions of dollars of damage.