Apple has lost a patent lawsuit in the US and could end up having to pay around $862 million in damages.
The lawsuit was brought against Apple by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s licensing arm and it related to technology used in Apple’s iPhone and iPad processors.
The patent is used to improve processor efficiency and Apple has apparently been found to use this feature in their processors that are used in the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Apple denied that they had infringed the patent, but a jury has now ruled that they did infringe it and U.S. District Judge, William Conley has said that Apple could be liable for up to $862.4 million in damages.
The patent has been used to sue a major technology company in the past, it was used against Intel back in 2008, although Intel settled before the trial began.
This current lawsuit relates to Apple’s older processors, there is a new one in the works relating to the new A9 and A9X that are used in Apple’s latest devices.
As yet there are no details on what Apple plans to do about the ruling, as soon as we get some more details, we will let you guys know.