The lawsuit that is in question dates back to 2014 when the University of Wisconsin & its Alumni Research Foundation had accused Apple of the infringement on a patent that was titled as "Table based data speculation circuit for parallel processing computer". In a separate situation, a judge overturned a jury's ruling in August that Apple has to pay a dubious tech company, often colloquially considered as a "patent troll", $625.6 million. Initially, a jury had awarded the university $234USD million but the judge added another $272USD million for damages and interest. Judge Conley ordered Apple to pay almost twice the penalty because the judge says that Apple owed more damages for continuing to infringe on the patent until it expired at the end of 2016.
Apple has been ordered to pay the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, or WARF, US$506 million for infringing on one of the organization's patents with the iPhone's A-series processor design. While Apple is pretty loaded in terms of cash, $506 million is definitely no small figure to be sneezed at. Court documents show that Apple plans to appeal the ruling, reported Reuters.
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Apple is going to have to feed a recognized patent troll hundreds of millions of dollars for infringing on a patent that has to do with processor efficiency.
The patent that was infringed on was obtained by computer science professor Gurindar Sohi and three students in 1998. The judge says that even after the initial judgment, Apple continued to infringe on the patent thus his reasoning for more than doubling the amount owed.