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The Apple-designed, TSMC/Samsung-manufactured A7, A8 and A8X mobile chips that power the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices released since 2013 have been found to infringe technology patents owned by the University of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).

As a result, Apple is now facing a damages payout of $862.4 million, Reuters reported yesterday. The aforesaid chips power the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini 3 and iPad mini 4.

Apple, of course, denied any infringement on its part.

WARF sued Apple in January 2014 alleging infringement of its 1998 patent for improving chip efficiency and use of the patent without permission in Apple-designed 64-bit A7, A8 and A8X chips.

The U.S. Patent No. 5,781,752 for a “Table based data speculation circuit for parallel processing computer” was granted to a University of Wisconsin team led by Dr. Gurindar Sohi. It describes methods for improving power efficiency and overall performance in semiconductors by using a branch predictor.

Court documents prove Apple tried to convince the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to invalidate the patent. However, USPTO rejected the bid in April after reviewing the patent’s validity.

Should the United States District Judge William Conley determine that Apple has infringed the patent willfully, it could be liable for up to $862.4 million in damages.

Making things even worse, WARF filed a second lawsuit against Apple last month. That suit alleges that Apple’s newest A9 and A9X chips that power the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPad Pro also use WARF’s patented technology without permission.

Source: Reuters

  • FCBKris

    iOS 9 jailbreak has been released!! Will you cover this headline ?!

    • Merman123

      No they will not.

    • Julio Hernandez

      I’m pretty sure they already have in like 3 different posts…

    • Fanboy 

      I bet you’re also that guy that doesn’t read the articles and jumps to the comments and asks a question that’s answered in the first paragraph

      • FCBKris

        Yup that’s me. I’m also the one that shoved an apple up your rear hole and converted you into super apple fanboy.

    • M_Hawke

      Really? Not only an off-topic post, but one that was at least an hour after the fact that they posted stories on the jb? That’s funny.

  • Manuel Molina

    Oh, how the tables have turned. Apple sues Samsung and gets money; Apple uses Samsung for chips and may now own money. Irony?

    • Shinonuke

      No irony in it. Basic business world. Do something without proper permission, then get sued.

      • Manuel Molina

        I think it’s what the guy below you said: business and how America works. Suing is a normal thing here.

    • Someone

      I don’t see any irony in it. That’s just how business and America works. Samsung has sued Apple and vice versa before. Apple has been using Samsung for various parts

      • Shinonuke

        Thanks for backing me up. I didn’t think of anything else to say to the guy

  • M_Hawke

    No, wait…this can’t be true. Apple never–and I mean never–steals from anyone. Everyone always steals from Apple. Right?

    • Shinonuke

      Yeah! (Sarcasm to your sarcasm)

      • Someone

        All companies steal from each other and honestly Apple has never made anything original. It’s always an improvement of an already existing invention.

      • Shinonuke

        Your replies should be for M_Hawke, not for me.

    • Micrones

      I agree with you.
      A lot of people on IDB and out there always assume Apple is the saint and never steals or infringes on anyone.
      For some reason, a lot of Samsung/Android bashers on this site are rather quiet.
      In the business world, everyone steals and copies from each other as evidenced these days.
      There is a rumor now that Siri is coming to the mac-book sometimes next year, Apple is playing catch up a lot these days.

  • singhay559

    And they say apple innovates.