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October 19, 2015

U. of Wisconsin Nonprofit Awarded $234 Million in Apple Case

A federal jury on Friday ordered Apple to pay $234 million to the nonprofit that manages intellectual property for the University of Wisconsin-Madison for patent infringement regarding computer-chip technology developed by university researchers, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

The jury ruled Tuesday that the Silicon Valley firm violated the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation's 1998 patent on technology used in processors that run several versions of the iPhone and iPad. The panel deliberated for about three hours after hearing arguments later last week in the damages phase of the case.

The foundation had sought $400 million but said it was satisfied with Friday's verdict. "This is a case where the hard work of our university researchers and the integrity of patenting and licensing discoveries has prevailed," said Carl Gulbrandsen, the nonprofit's managing director. An Apple spokeswoman said the company, which argued for damages amounting to less than $7 million, plans to appeal.