Apple Inc. (AAPL) Sued Over A7 Processor Used in iPhone, iPad

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Apple Inc. (AAPL) Sued Over A7 Processor Used in iPhone, iPad
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The University of Wisconsin has filed suit against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), alleging that the A7 processor which is inside of the latest models of the iPhone and iPad infringes one of its patents. Shane Cole of Apple Insider reports that he Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), which is the university’s patent licensing arm, actually filed the lawsuit.

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WARF sues Apple

The patent in question is one for improving “the efficiency and performance of contemporary computer processors,” also known as U.S. Patent Number 5,781,752. It is entitled “Table Based Data Speculation Circuit for Parallel Processing Computer.” According to the lawsuit, a group of computer scientists invented the technology while they were at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

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Gurindar Sohi, who headed up the research team that came up with the technology, received the Eckert-Mauchly Award for it. According to the complaint, that is the “most prestigious award” in the “computer architecture” community. Also Sohi was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his work, and the Association for Computing Machinery also awarded Andreas Moshovos, another member of the research team, the Maurice Wilkes award for his work on the patent.

WARF wants triple the damages against Apple

The university seeks to “prevent Apple’s unauthorized use” of the patent in question. In addition, it states that since the patent was issued, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) “has filed one or more patent applications” which cite their patent as “relevant prior art.” The organization also basically said that it had to file the lawsuit because Apple said it is its policy “not to accept or consider proposals regarding licensing from outside entities.”

According to Patently Apple, the university also seeks triple the damages against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) because it believes Apple’s infringement “have been, and continue to be, willful, intentional, and in conscious disregard of WARF’s rights.”

Apple’s A7 chip used in iPhone 5S, iPad Air

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) used the A7 chip in its iPhone 5S, iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display. Analysts have praised that chip, which is the first 64-bit chip to be used in a smartphone. Evercore analysts called it “a big deal” back in September when the chip was shown off inside the iPhone 5S. The A7 chip has also received rave reviews for making Apple products faster and more efficient without adding bulk to the size of the devices

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Michelle Jones is editor-in-chief for ValueWalk.com and has been with the site since 2012. Previously, she was a television news producer for eight years. She produced the morning news programs for the NBC affiliates in Evansville, Indiana and Huntsville, Alabama and spent a short time at the CBS affiliate in Huntsville. She has experience as a writer and public relations expert for a wide variety of businesses. Email her at Mjones@valuewalk.com.
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  1. That is so sad that this is what it came too. I guess the best bet now is to work for the corporations if I want to see any of my technologies make it to market. I need to have a big company on my side.

  2. You are making me not like Apple that much anymore, I was thinking of applying for a senior position. But if this is true about Apple, I would not feel right working there, and besides I would rather stay in my country (:

  3. it is stuff like this that happens, a big company changes things around a little bit so little inventors get screwed. Apple why don’t you be fair to others?? I designed a new smartphone including designed updates that would support existing operating systems the ability to run this advanced device. But I am afraid to show anyone because of this kind of shi* that happens, Apple why do you do this to people that are only trying to help innovate?

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