A U.S. judge on Monday ordered Apple to pay $506 million in damages to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent-licensing arm, for violating its chip efficiency patent.

The WARF’s patent for a “Table Based Data Speculation Circuit for Parallel Processing Computer” outlines a predictor circuit which enables quicker code execution based on previous instructions and mis-speculations detected at the final stages of processing.

Apple’s in-house designed chips from the A7 processor onward have been found to use the patented technology to improve efficiency and speed up code execution. University of Wisconsin computer science professor Gurindar Sohi and three of his students obtained the patent in 1998.

While the WARF sought $862 million during 2016’s patent trial, a jury awarded it $234 million in damages. At the time, Apple told the WARF its policy prevented it from accepting or even considering proposals from outside entities regarding licensing for any purpose.

According to Reuters, as a result of Apple’s continued infringement of the patent, U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison added $272 million to the original $234 million verdict from October 2015 for additional damages plus interest.

The iPhone maker is appealing Conley’s ruling, according to court papers.

Apple previously asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to invalidate the WARF patent, which expired in December 2016, but its bid was rejected.

  • Tim

    I aalready thought $506 was so little, but the title missed the ‘million’ part.

    • Fixed. Sorry about that

    • SpideyRules

      I saw this in my RSS feed too. Was thinking ‘eh…no biggie’…lol

  • African-Techie

    Big companies make for easy targets, but if they truly do use the technologies of smart people who don’t have a the same opportunities for commercial gain, then “Apple Pay”, they must!

  • techfreak23

    How do they even figure out that someone is using their patented tech in a chip?

    • Rowan09

      I have no idea.

    • M_Hawke

      I followed the link to the original story when they first filed suit and the last sentence has this: “Branch prediction and other performance-enhancing tricks have been used for ages in processors, but that doesn’t exonerate Apple as the firm apparently knew about this patent – a few of Apple’s own patent filings even cite the foundation’s patent” So that would be my guess.

  • Assassin

    Apple copy copy copy others secretly and no innovation in design etc meh

    • Jay

      You hardly find anything original from anyone now. Everything is a bigger better version or a rendition/remake. Don’t be biased all companies do this.

  • Assassin

    Think , iPhone 8 OLED display is just 1080p produced by samsung , and Samsung is producing 2k Display for their mobile which is way superior than iphones but how 1080 p iphone 8 Display cost more ? Haha

  • Mark S

    Ha ha. Pay up sucker.