Apple faces a bill of $862m (£565m) after losing a patent lawsuit.
Apple, one of the greatest well-known company of all the times in technology became forced to pay the bill of $862 m after losing a patent lawsuit. So, can it be real? Definitely, let’s read how it happened?
The University of Wisconsin successfully claimed that Apple has used their microchip technology without their permission in some of the iPhones and iPads lately.
The patent was filed in 1998, and is said to improve the power efficiency of microchips.
The case was related to use of the technology in the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus but an additional lawsuit making the same claim against Apple’s newest models, the 6S and 6S Plus, and that has also been filed.
The University of Wisconsin sued Intel over the same patent in 2008. The case was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.
In court papers, the university claimed Apple ignored its offers to license the patent, which would mean paying a fee for its continued use.
Therefore the University said that Apple was willfully infringing the patent, something which, if the court agrees, could carry a heavier fine.
The precise amount that Apple is supposed to pay will be decided at a later stage in the court proceedings.
Despite recent well-publicized trucesbetween some big technology firms, fierce patent battles are still being fought in the courts globally.
Last week, a judge threw out claims by graphic card specialist NVidia that Samsung and others had infringed three of its patents.
Well, it might be a bad time for Apple to go through all these court matters for using the microchip in their gadgets without the permission of the makers. Apple better have luck next time and these things won’t happen in future.