Apple faces whopping patent fine

Old Apple logo - Wikimedia CommonsThe University of Wisconsin-Madison has won a court case against Apple for using technology it invented in its iPhone smartphone.

A court in Wisconsin will now rule how much Apple has to pay for using one of the university’s patents, and reports said it could be more than $850 million.

A jury decided that Apple’s microprocessors, the A7 and A8 series, infringe a patent it filed in 1998. The university sued Apple in January last year.

The university also sued Intel for infringement but that case was settled out of court.

And the university isn’t stopping action against Intel. It has just filed another suit claiming the A9 and A9X microprocessors also infringe its patent, used in the iPhone 6S, the 6S Plus and the iPad Pro.

Apple hasn’t yet commented on the case but it is expected to appeal the decision.