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Apple faces $862 million in damages over University of Wisconsin patent

Staff writer |
A federal jury ruled Apple infringed on a University of Wisconsin patent when developing processors for some recent iPhones and iPads.

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The jury hasn't yet ruled on damages. The university sought as much as $862.4 million.

The jury in U.S. District Court in Madison, Wisconsin found that the university's 1998 patent on improving efficiency in computer processors is valid and that Apple illegally incorporated the patent's technology in processors that help power some iPhones and iPads.

In court documents, Apple said the patent was invalid and that it didn't infringe on it.

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation sued Apple in January 2014. The group sued Apple again last month for infringing on the patent in more recent processors; that case is pending.

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