Apple could be forced to pay nearly a $1 billion in damages after losing a patent lawsuit over its A7, A8, and A8X processors used in iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices.
The lawsuit between Apple and the University of Wisconsin was filed in January 2014 by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation accusing Apple of infringing on their patent. Apple has claimed the patent was invalid but a jury in Madison Wisconsin has said it was valid and that Apple infringed upon it.
Now, Apple could be facing damages up to $862 million dollars but this amount could be reduced on appeal but also could increase if appeal courts rule that Apple willfully infringed on the patent.
This isn’t the first time the research foundation has sought damages for patent infringements. Back in 2008 they sued Intel and settled outside of court for an undisclosed amount that everyone assumes is in the multi-million dollar range.