When hunters became the hounded. Apple has been in lawsuit with almost all major rival corporation and sometimes rightly so. We all know how much damages Samsung Inc had to pay for copying UI element for iOS among other things.But rarely has world seen Apple being on receiving end of the same. This time, what’s interesting is, that it’s two Indian American Researchers who are in leading role in team have sued Apple for over $800 million.
Let’s take a closer look.
- The patent in question, called Table based data speculation circuit for parallel processing computer, was awarded to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Warf) in 1998.
- WARF sued Apple in Jan, 2014 for using technology in A7 initially but went on to add A8 and A8X after iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release.
- The team was headed by Professor Gurinder Sohi and consisted of graduate students including Terani Vijaykumar. Both Professor Sohi and Vijaykumar are alumnus of BITS-Pilani.
The professor behind the patent praised his team’s innovation. “We believed our technology was ahead of its time,” said Professor Sohi after the decision.
“Almost two decades ago we tried to anticipate how computers would need to operate today,” Sohi said. “Our team invested the equivalent of more than 11 years of work to solve this problem.”
Apple not only denied any infringement but also argued that the patent is invalid. The US Patent and Trademark Office rejected the agency’s bid to review patent.
- In the landmark decision, WARF won on both counts and was awarded $234 million in damages which is a third of what they demanded. Court said since the infringement were not willful, $234 million is the damage.
- Oh yes, WARF is a non profit agency that helps professors and researchers in University of Wisconsin with case related to copyright and patent infringement.Here’s what it’s Managing Director Carl Gulbrandsen had to say-
“This is a case where the hard work of our university researchers and the integrity of patenting and licensing discoveries has prevailed, this decision is great news for the inventors, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and for WARF.”