Apple is one of the biggest tech companies in the world, and that’s a fact. This is why it wasn’t at all surprising when the company started to produce processors for its devices within their own brand. Keep it all in the family, right? Well, it wasn’t in the family actually, because those technologies were already patented by someone else, and Apple just used them for its own benefits.
You know the A7, A8 and A8X processors the power the iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus, as well as the iPad Mini and the iPad Air? Yeah, the patent for those belongs to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Needless to say, the University’s reps sued Apple as soon as possible, and in October 2015 a jury ruled that the Cupertino tech titan was indeed guilty of patent infringement. Apple was ordered to pay 234 million dollars in damages as a punishment. Even in spite of that, the company maintained that it was innocent and claimed it had a patent on these chipsets all along.
It seems that Apple didn’t learn its lesson from this trial, because they’ve just been found guilty all over again, this time for continuing to infringe upon the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent on the processors and their design. This time, the judge more than doubled the sum the company has to pay in damages. Now Apple has to pony up a whopping 506 million dollars, which is a considerable amount of money by anyone’s standards.
But will they learn their lesson this time? Our guess is a strong no, seeing that the first trial didn’t stop them. What do you think about this case? Let us know in the comment section below, we’d love to hear what you have to say.