Apple Inc – the global technology firm – has been ordered to pay over $234 million (£151.5 million) after a US court found the company guilty of infringing on microchip technology rights held by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
It was decided that Apple had used the technology to improve the processing capability in some of its iPhone and iPad devices, despite failing to obtain permission.
A damages claim of $400 million was originally lodged by the university’s Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (“Warf”).
However, even though a lower figure was awarded, Apple said in a statement that it still intends to appeal against the judgement.
Warf first sued Apple in January 2014, claiming that the company had used its technology in some of the products sold to markets outside the US.
Apple argued that the patent meant Warf was entitled to only a negligible amount for every device sold, rather than the $2.74 being claimed.
US district Judge William Conley stated that Apple’s patent infringement had not been purposeful, automatically limiting the potential compensation figure.
Apple has been the subject of a number of high profile intellectual property lawsuits over the last few years.
Last month, Warf launched another legal case against Apple due to the design of its newest chips, which have been used as an integral part of the build in some of its most recent device models (the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPad Pro).
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