According to the publication Reuters, U.S. district judge William Conley (William Conley) increased the size of the fine, which must pay Apple for patent infringement of the University of Wisconsin when creating chips A7, A8 and A8X.
Recall that in 2015 the California company was found guilty of violating the patent of the University of Wisconsin from 1998, which described the technology increase the efficiency of microchips. The patent technology allows for the improved architecture to optimize the performance of processor and reduce the use of energy, which in turn allows you to increase the battery life of the devices.
According to the plaintiff, the patented technology was illegally applied to processors on the basis of which work with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and some models of the iPad. As compensation, the University required a $862 million According to the decision of the jury, Apple had to pay $234 million, but the company immediately filed an appeal.
According to Reuters, district judge Conley has increased the amount of the fine to $272 million, as Apple continued to use the patented technology until December of 2016 until the end of the term of the patent. As a result, the final amount of the fine amounted to $506 million.
It is noteworthy that even before the completion of an ongoing investigation, lawyers of the University had prepared a new suit. According to the new statement, the patented technology is also illegally used to create the chips A9 and А9Х. Information on the second trial yet. In addition, Apple representatives had no immediate comment nor judgment, nor the appearance of the second claim.