The US jury, on Tuesday, determined that the A7, A8, and A8X chips that are being used in Apple devices – iPhone 5S, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6, and a few models of iPad – are incorporating technology (without permission) that is owned by University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The court papers were submitted by Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), which is the designated patent management organization for the university, and collects the revenues generated by the patents, to fund the research of its alumini. The papers cite two Indian researchers – Gurindar Sohi and T N Vijaykumar – from their paper titled: “Table based Data Speculation Circuit for Parallel Processing” which received the “Patent 752” in 1998.
Gurindar Sohi, is a currently a professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has been a recognized faculty member since 1985, also served as the department chair for Computer Science between 2004-08. On the other hand, T N Vijaykumar, is an Electrical and Computer Science professor at Purdue University. Both are former students of BITS Pilani and have worked together on enhancing chip performances.
According to the papers – “This work has been recognized as a major milestone in the field of computer architecture and design. Indeed, Sohi, as leader of the lab that developed the 752 patent, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering based on his work in the field of computer architecture.”
The presiding judge on the case – US District Judge William Conley – had assessed that Apple might end up paying close to $862.4 Million in liability, damages, and willful patent infringement, in an event where they lose, which they did, according to the latest report on the matter by The Wall Street Journal.