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Apple owes the University of Wisconsin $506 million for using patented technology in iPhones and iPads

Apple owes the University of Wisconsin $506 million for using patented technology in iPhones and iPads

U.S. patent No. 5,781,752 may not sound special: It’s a “table based data speculation circuit for parallel processing computer.” But for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation — the research arm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison — it’s now worth half a billion dollars.

On Monday, a federal judge ordered Apple to pay WARF $506 million for infringing upon that patent.

The foundation sued the tech giant in 2014, arguing that Apple used its technology without licensing it in its A7, A8 and A8X processing chips, which power iPhones and iPads. The following year, a Wisconsin jury found that Apple indeed infringed upon the patent and said the company should pay $234 million in...

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