The Wisconsin’s Alumni Research Foundation otherwise called WARF files a patent infringement lawsuit against top tech company Apple INC. The case had been stretching from then but the news reaching us is that finally Apple wins.
The case was concerning Apple’s A series chipset on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6Plus. They had laid claims that the smartphones infringed a 1998 patent which was for boosting integrated circuits’ efficiency. The Apple INC were later asked to pay damages worth $234 million.
The Apple Incorporated protested and filed and appeal for which they won. The judgement has been finally reversed. Apple was previously asked to pay damages summing $862 million for the infringement, however it was reduced to $234 million later.
The judge later ruled that the infringement was inadvertent rather than willful. The fine was later doubled to become $506 million in the year 2017 after a US District Judge, Conley William ordered that they pay an extra $272 million. This was according to them, because Apple continued to infringe on the copyright.
Apple INC later argued that the later judgement was invalid. They claimed that the damage calculations were completely wrong, even if the claims were valid. The court reconsidered the case and ruled that there was no infringement.
It is not clear though of whether they made it base on validity of the patent, or only on the infringement claim itself. Chief Judge Prost Sharon wrote on the Washington, D.C.-based appeals court that “we hold no reasonable juror could have found literal infringement in this case.” The final judgement is that Apple wins, we’d look out for any further appeals!