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Supreme Court won’t hear U Wisconsin’s patent infringement appeal against Apple

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 9th, 2019

In a big win for Apple and a setback for the University of Wisconsin, the Supreme Court on Monday did not take up an appeal by UW involving an infringement case over chips in iPhones and iPads.

In 2015, a jury sided with the university’s claims that Apple had infringed on its patents, and the tech giant was ordered to pay $234 million in damages. Then, in 2017, a judge more than doubled the verdict to $506 million, ruling that Apple owed up to $2.34 in royalties for every device it sold.

Last year, Apple managed to convince the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to throw out the ruling. The court ultimately decided that “no reasonable juror could have found infringement based on the evidence presented.”

The University of Wisconsin then filed its appeal, arguing that the court wrongfully reinterpreted a question that should have been left to the jury — a point support by a number of prominent patent scholars.

Now that the Supreme Court has decided not to hear the appeal, the university is out of legal options, and Apple has won the case.

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), the university’s commercialization arm, comments, “While we are disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision, we are still pursuing Apple’s infringement in U.S. District Court.”

Source: Fortune

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