A jury has decided that technology which improved processor efficiency in Apple products actually belonged to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, not Apple.
Consequently, Apple could face fines in damages of up to $862 million after the Jury found that the company used the technology without permission of the University’s licensing arm.
The patent was filed by the University in 1998, for technology which could enhance the efficiency of computer processors. However, Apple has since used the processor technologies in devices such as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, along with several iPad versions.
The trial will now proceed to identify how much money Apple owes the University in damages. Apple has denied any infringement and has argued that the patent was invalid – Apple had previously tried to convince the US patent and Trademark office to review the patent’s validity, but in April the bid was rejected.
The same University also sued Intel in 2008 for infringing the same patent. The issue was settled outside of court before it could go to trial, with Intel paying the University $110 million to license the patent.
Representatives from both parties were unable to be contacted for comments.