Apple has to pay USD 506 million for using patented technology

By Techpads | Last Updated: July 27, 2017- 6:13 pm
Apple Ordered to pay millions of dollars to Wisconsin Madison University

Apple has to pay 506 Million USD dollars to Wisconsin-Madison University for using patent technology.


Apple has to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison USD 506 million because it has infringed upon its patent, according to a recent ruling by a United States judge. This amount is the double of the amount that had been originally decided upon by a jury for a legal battle has been going on for two years and might not be over yet.

The legal battle had begun all the way back in October 2015 when a jury had ruled that Apple had committed patent infringement. They had used mobile chips in the iPad Mini, iPhone and iPad Air that had benefitted from technology that had been patented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This was because the A8, A8X and A7 processors that had been used in the iPhone 5S, 6 and 6+ were based on that particular patented technology.

At that time, Apple was told that they had to pay the University USD 234 million even though the tech giant was holding onto its stance that they had a patent for that specific technology themselves. The current judge, Willam Conley, has said that the amount has been increased so significantly because Apple has been continuously infringing the patent since 2015.

The company used the processors till 2016, which is when the patent expired. The maximum amount that Apple could be made to pay is USD 862 million but such a fee was not imposed on them as the infringement was carried out without any intent. Apple has refused to comment on the matter and is appealing the current ruling in the federal courts.