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Apple Found Guilty of Infringing U. of Wisconsin Patent

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Oct 13, 2015, 6:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple is facing a massive judgment in a patent complaint concerning processors found in the iPhone and iPad. A jury in Madison, Wisconsin, found Apple guilty of using a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) without permission. The patent involves increasing the efficiency of chips. The technology is found in the A7, A8, and A8x processors, which power the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus, and the iPad Air 2. Apple sought to have the patent declared invalid, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected Apple's bid. WARF originally filed the lawsuit in January 2014 and just recently filed a second lawsuit concerning the A9 and A9x chips, which are in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and the forthcoming iPad Pro. Apple could be on the hook for up to $862 million. The trial is now moving to the penalty phase to determine how much Apple owes. Apple maintained its innocence.

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Oct 14, 2015, 10:55 AM

Hmm, Im torn about this one...

Apple is the king of the patent trolls, so it Is kind of karmic.

Then again, WARF is kind of a patent troll organization themselves, I mean how many colleges sue for patent infringement? When you read some of the other suits they have filed for their "patents", Id say some of them definitely Are bogus, patent troll type.

And if you read the long boring contested patent where they try to dazzle with 50 pages of deep technobabble, its not exactly breaking new ground, its when a CPU makes a wrong prediction, it makes a table of those mistakes to help it predict more accurately next time.

That's a basic feature of most CPU's for years, some even before their patent, and just because everyone else (like Intel) just rolled over and pa...
The patent system is very much flawed. I dare say I could patent and own you if I submit my application.

Oct 13, 2015, 10:05 PM

Listen, I get it

But really, was anyone going to use that patient for anything massive or significant? We know the answer to that.

Apple should pay them fairly of course - but being real for a second, they were the only ones who were making significant use of it.

Any REAL scientist or inventor doesn't patient ideas/inventions. If you don't believe me, watch Cosmos - so many geniuses opted out of making a fortune or claiming intellectual property, because they were interested in FAR more than just money or fame.
Yes in a utopian society no one would, but this is capitalism

I'm glad Apple is getting it's a$$ served to them on a platter. Like the prior person posted......it's KARMA, what you sow you reap!!
My brain hurts reading your post. I presume that you meant to use the word PATENT instead of PATIENT, but cannot understand the basic premise of your post. You ask "was anyone going to use that patient for anything massive or significant?". Obviously ...
Uhh what? Einstein must not be a real scientist because that was a pantent.
This isnt some pantent troll. This was something that was held and yeah its a small group that couldnt do much with it

Apple was in the wrong. They made huge prodits with...

Oct 14, 2015, 9:09 AM


They should enforce an injunction against all infringing iPhones immediately.

I find it hilarious how patent cases tried in Apple's home town always go in their favor. But as soon as someone tries one in a less biased court we find out what the law really thinks of Apple's shenanigans. Lucy Koh must be furious.

Oct 13, 2015, 6:47 PM


What goes around comes around. Sweet.
That's so true!!
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