Apple ordered to pay $234 million in damages over patent violation

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After being found in violation of intellectual property law, Apple is under order by a US jury to pay the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) over $234 million for damages assessed in the use of patented technology in iPhones and iPads.

The award was determined in the second phase of the case brought by WARF, the research and patent-licensing extension of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They asked for $400 million, but three and a half hours of juror deliberations brought that figure down. Apple seeks to lower the amount further and has appealed the decision.

Apple will attempt to make the case that WARF is entitled to only seven cents for each sold device carrying the patented computer chip processing technology. WARF’s $234 million award is based on $2.74 per item sold.
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