MADISON, Wis., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A jury in Madison, Wisconsin demanded Apple pay more than $234 million in damages to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for patent infringement.
Apple Inc. lost a lawsuit Wednesday filed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison which claimed the company had illicitly used its 1998 patent for "predictor circuit" technology designed to increase the efficiency of microprocessors.
The January 2014 lawsuit said the technology was used in iPhones 5s, 6 and 6 Plus as well as iPads while a separate lawsuit filed in September said it was also used in the company's 6s and 6s Plus models. That lawsuit is awaiting trial.
Following three hours of deliberation, the jury's verdict said the company must pay $234 million in damages, less than the maximum $862.4 million penalty. The university's Alumni Research Foundation was seeking $400 million.
Apple said it would appeal the verdict. Meanwhile, the Foundation praised it, citing the importance of the institution to protect its patents. The Foundation also said Apple insisted the patent was not valid and refused to license the patent for a fee.
Apple spokeswoman Rachel Wolf Tulley declined to comment on the verdict to Bloomberg.