A United States jury has ordered Apple to pay over $234 million in damages to the patent licensing unit of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as the tech giant was found guilty of patent infringement.
The amount is less than what the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation was trying to claim, after the jury said earlier in the week that Apple infringed the university’s patent for the improvement of computer processors. Apple allegedly used the microchip technology in some of its iPhones and iPads without gaining permission from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation was looking to claim $400 million for the infringement.
The maximum amount of damages that Apple could have paid was up to $862 million, as reported earlier in the week.
Specifically, the jury found that the A7, A8 and A8X processors used by Apple in the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with several models of the iPad, utilized unlicensed technology that is owned by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
Apple said that it would be appealing the verdict, but issued no further comment on the matter.
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation lauded the jury’s verdict, stating that it was important for the university to protect its inventions against unauthorized usage.