(Reuters) – A U.S. jury on Friday ordered Apple to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent licensing arm more than $234 million in damages for incorporating its microchip technology into some of the company’s iPhones and iPads without permission.
The amount was less than the $400 million the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) was claiming in damages after the jury on Tuesday said Apple infringed its patent for improving the performance of computer processors.
Apple said it would appeal the verdict, but declined to comment further.
WARF praised the verdict and said it was important to protect the university’s inventions from unauthorized use. “This decision is great news,” said WARF Managing Director Carl Gulbrandsen in a statement.
Much of the dispute over damages had to do with whether a certain portion of Apple’s chips that were placed in devices sold abroad, rather than in the United States, also violated the WARF patent. The jurors found that they did.
Apple had sought to greatly limit its liability, arguing before jurors that WARF deserved less than even the $110 million the foundation settled with Intel (INTC) after suing that company in 2008 over the same patent.
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