Apple owes $506 million to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for trespassing on its protected technology. This amount is more than double the amount that has already been voted on by the jury, says Reuters. The ruling comes on the heels of a two-year-old patent fight which didn’t seem to be coming close to an end.
A jury ruled in October that Apple was to be charged with patent violation while building mobile chips used in their iPhone’s, iPad Mini’s, and iPad Air’s. The A7, A8, and A8X processors used in the iPhone 5S, 6, and 6 Plus were affirmed to have been copied from the university’s patented technology. Apple was, at the time, directed to pay $234 million in losses, even though the company maintained its innocence and insisted that it had its own patent for the technology under debate.
District Judge William Conley made it clear that the magnified amount of $506 million is the penalty for Apple’s perpetual invasion of the patent, which follows the 2015 decision. Apple was determined to continuing to use these processors and violate the patent until its expiry in 2016.
In totality, the legal authority has fixed the damages for Apple’s patent infringement at $862 million. However, the losses were then restricted as Apple’s invasion was found to be without purpose.
Apple is currently looking to appeal the new ruling through the regular legal course and has declined to comment.