A federal jury in Wisconsin found that Apple did infringe on the patent that was once held by the University of Wisconsin, now under the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. As a result, the company will have to pay $ 234 Million. This amounts to 7 cents per device.
What’s interesting is that according to the court documents, the WARF could have asked Apple to pay up $862 Million which would work out to $2.74 per patent infringed device. But the 7 cents per device was from a 2008 settlement made between WARF and Intel which turned out to be $110 million.
But it seems that WARF’s lawyers aren’t disappointed by it. WARF filed the case against Apple on January 2014. At the time, it was alleged that one of WARF’s patents was used to create Apple’s processor that is used in the iPhone 5s in 2002. It involved Apple A7 Processor, followed by A8 and A8X.
It’s noteworthy that if the Jury found that Apple intentionally infringed on WARF’s patents, the amount to pay up as damages would have been tripled.
During a US International Trade Commission hearing, all charges against Samsung over allegedly infringing over Nvidia graphics chip technology have been cleared.
During the ruling, Judge Thomas Pender said that two out of three Nvidia patents were no way infringed upon, and while there was an infringement with the third patent, it’s deemed invalid since it wasn’t a new invention with older and previously known patents. Had it ruled in Nvidia’s favour, Samsung will have to comply with ITC’s authority who has the power to stop imports of the goods that is known to infringe Nvidia’s patents. This would also give Nvidia to sue Samsung further in a district court to be compensated for infringement damages.
Nvidia exchanged jabs with both Qualcomm for its Snapdragon and Samsung for its Exynos processors in September 2014. What’s also amusing is that Samsung countersued Nvidia in November 2014 in a federal court for patent infringement. Companies are known to approach US ITC first for patent infringement cases for getting quicker resolution and to first ban the infringed products to be sold in the US, unlike civil cases that would take its own time for resolution.
Nvidia still remains confident as the full commission will make a final decision by February. The company’s spokesperson said,”We remain confident in our case.”