Apple Facing Almost $1 Billion In Damages Over Patent Violation

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A jury concluded Tuesday that Apple infringed on a patent from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), and the Cupertino company could be facing almost $863 million in damages.

WARF, the private and nonprofit patent and licensing arm for the University of Wisconsin–Madison sued Apple in Jan. 2014.

The case stems from an electronic chip that was patented by WARF in 1998. The chip improved processor efficiency.

Apple is alleged to have used the chip in its A7, A8 and A8X processors, which can be found in the iPhone 5S, 6, and 6 Plus. Apple also uses that chip in some of iPad models.

The case will now move forward to the next stage to assess damages.

This could just be the opening round for Apple vs. WARF. WARF has filed a second suit against Apple, again for infringement, but this time for the processing chips found in the newest iteration of the iPhone: the 6S and 6S Plus.

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