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University wins infringement case against Apple

Posted: 21 Oct 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Apple? application processor? WARF? infringement?

Apple was ordered to pay the University of Wisconsin $234 million in damages after a Wisconsin court decided that Apple's A7, A8 and A8X application processors had infringed its patent. The U.S. Patent No. 5,781,752 relates to improving the speed and efficiency of computer operation by predicting data dependences between instructions and re-ordering instruction execution order so as to reduce such data dependences.

The University of Wisconsin is represented though its patent licensing arm, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). WARF filed the patent infringement suit against Apple in 2014 in federal court in the Western District of Wisconsin. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the patent to WARF in 1998 on behalf of UWCMadison computer science professor Gurindar Sohi and three graduate students: Andreas Moshovos, Scott Breach and Terani Vijaykumar.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times Europe

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