Apple has been ordered to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison $234m after it was found to have breached a processor efficiency patent held by the university.
Carl Gulbrandsen, managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the university's technology transfer arm, welcomed the conclusion of the lengthy patent battle it had with Apple.
"This is a case where the hard work of our university researchers and the integrity of patenting and licensing discoveries has prevailed," he said. "The jury recognised the seminal computer processing work that took place on our campus."
V3 contacted Apple for comment on the ruling but had received no reply at the time of publication.
The patent dispute was originally sparked off in 2014 when the University of Wisconsin-Madison claimed that Apple had infringed upon its patented technology that helps improve the efficiency of mobile processors.
A US jury in Madison awarded the case to the university, noting that Apple had encroached upon the patents with the processors it uses in its iPhones and iPads.
The jury had been deliberating as to whether the university's patents had been infringed on by Apple's A7, A8 and A8X processors used in some of the firm's latest mobile devices, such as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5S and a number of iPad models.
Apple denied that it had breached the patent and had argued in court papers that the patent is invalid.
The company had originally tried to convince the US Patent and Trademark Office to review the validity of the patent, but the bid was rejected.
Apple is no stranger to court cases in which hefty charges are on the bill. Patent battles between Apple and other technology companies have been fought in the courts for years, including in 2012 when the International Trade Commission ruled that Samsung had infringed on Apple patents.
But roll forward to 2015, and the patent war between the two companies has evolved to see Facebook, Google, HP and Dell back Samsung against Apple in an ongoing design patent case.
Embittered patent wars have become so convoluted and embroiled in lengthy court cases that technology firms are slowly entering into a form of détente, as was seen when Apple and Google reached an agreement in 2014 to end their smartphone patent battle.
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