Apple has lost a patent infringement lawsuit which could result in it having to pay damages in excess of $800 million (£520 million).
The case relates to the company’s A7, A8 and A8X chipsets, used in 2013 and 2014 models of the iPhone and iPad. The University of Wisconsin claimed that Apple had breached patents it filed in 1998, relating to chip efficiency, with a jury finding in their favour.
Apple had tried to have the patent ruled as invalid, but their attempt was dismissed by the same jury.
The case was brought by the University of Wisconsin’s Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). WARF won an our–of–court settlement from Intel in 2008 relating to infringements of the same patent.
While Apple has not yet commented, this may just be the start of a protracted battle. WARF last month filed papers in a second lawsuit regarding the new A9 and A9X chipsets, used in the new iPhone 6S and iPad Pro respectively.
If found guilty when the case comes to trial, Apple could be facing yet more damages. The judge presiding over the current case has already said that an award of over $800 million is likely.
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