Apple Owes Cheese to University of Wisconsin

Tim Cook

Apple was found to be using technology owned by the University of Wisconsin without permission. The 1998 patent is for technology used for improving chip performance. Apple, the company known for suing others based on rounded corners on devices, argued the university’s patent was invalid and even tried to get the US Patent and Trademark office to review the patent’s validity. In April, the patent office told Apple something they’re not used to hearing. They told them no. On Tuesday a jury did something else Apple is not used to. It decided against them.

The lawsuit covers tech found in the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6+ and some versions of the iPad. Since the trial started, Apple released the iPhone 6s and 6s+, or 6+s, or the bigger than bigger 6s, really, I don’t typically call these devices by the name Apple gives them, and I can’t really publish what I do call them… so I’ll leave it at that. However, since Apple was first accused, they continued to use the universities tech without permission, and the University of Wisconsin filed a new lawsuit aimed at the new devices. There, that’s a polite way to refer to Apple’s…. devices.

Presiding U.S. District Judge William Conley scheduled the trial to include three phases; liability, damages, and to determine if Apple willfully infringed on the patent. Since Apple continued to release products using the tech after the lawsuit began, I’d think that would be the simplest decision. Of course, I’m no lawyer, thank God! In any event Apple could be liable for up to $862.4 million in damages. Of course, that’s chump change to Apple, but hopefully this signals a change in which Apple won’t be able to shrug off these patent claims as if the phones were made of Teflon instead of aluminum.

Hey Tim, looks like you have some cheese in your iPhone! He’s such a curd.

Source: Reuters


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