If you happen to bump into Tim Cook today, don’t even attempt to engage him in friendly banter. No jokes about the Apple Pencil, no questions about the upcoming Steve Jobs movie, nothing. That’s because Apple may be forced to cough up a little under $1 billion in damages for infringing on someone else’s patent.
A judge has ruled in favour of the University of Wisconsin, regarding its claim that Silicon Valley’s top dog illegally used patented power-saving technology in the A7, A8 and A8X chips powering the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the iPad Mini and iPad Air. The lawsuit accuses Apple of deliberately breaking the rules by ignoring offers to license the patent and also refusing to pay a fee for its continued use.
As a result, naughty Apple could be slapped with a fine of around $862 million (£560 million). That’s obviously a lot of cash, but nowhere near the amount of money the company’s made from sales of the products in question.