Apple has won a case against the University of Wisconsin, which started in 2014. The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), stated in their claim that Apple’s A7 and A8 processors, which powered the iPhone 5S (A7), iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (A8), infringed on a patent registered in 1998 which describes increasing performance of processors by predicting user instructions. The University had sued Apple for a sum of $234 Million, which unfortunately the University will not be getting.
Apple has had a long history of litigations, but you don’t get to be the first trillion dollar company in the Unites States without making a few multi-million and billion dollar enemies along the way, right? It stands to reason that the jury was also unable to find a claim that holds water for WARF’s case, as they stated:
“We hold that no reasonable juror could have found literal infringement in this case,” Chief Judge Sharon Prost wrote for the Washington, D.C.-based appeals court.
Albeit the technology is a standard not only in processors, but also present in applications, video games, and other mediums. The concept may have been something new in 2008, which is why WARF had success in the case against Intel when the same patent was infringed upon by the latter party and the judge ruled in favor of of the patent holders. In 2014, the practice of processors predicting users behavior is something that has became run of the mill for any company, which is why the case may have fallen short against Apple.
A concept like this might have been something revolutionary in 1998, but after all the advancements that science and technology continue to achieve every day, the patent really doesn’t have much of a chance in winning any cases any time soon.
A7 and A8 processors are part of Apple’s series of mobile processors, that are used in iPhones and iPads. Now used in more than a billion devices, A-series processors are considered the best in the world in terms of performance, thanks to Apple’s tight integration between hardware and software. The latest and fastest A-series system-on-chip right now is A12 Bionic, which ships with iPhone XS and iPhone XR and features 50% faster graphics, faster Neural Engine, Enhanced ISP and more.