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Apple ordered to pay WARF $234M for patent infringement

Posted: 21 Oct 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Apple  application processor  WARF  infringement 

The University of Wisconsin will receive $234 million in damages after a Wisconsin court declared that Apple's A7, A8 and A8X application processors had infringed its patent. The U.S. Patent No. 5,781,752 relates to improving the speed and efficiency of computer operation by predicting data dependences between instructions and re-ordering instruction execution order so as to reduce such data dependences.

The University of Wisconsin is represented though its patent licensing arm, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). WARF filed the patent infringement suit against Apple in 2014 in federal court in the Western District of Wisconsin. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the patent to WARF in 1998 on behalf of UW–Madison computer science professor Gurindar Sohi and three graduate students: Andreas Moshovos, Scott Breach and Terani Vijaykumar.

- Peter Clarke
  EE Times Europe





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