U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear WARF case vs. Apple

On the first day of a new term, justices on the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation’s bid to reinstate a previous legal victory over Apple Inc., according to a Reuters article.

WARF, the university’s patent licensing arm, had sued Apple in 2014, claiming the computing company used computer processor technology without permission that was developed at UW–Madison. The foundation, which licenses the technology, claimed the company used the technology in certain iPhones and iPads.

Last year, a lower court threw out a federal jury’s 2015 ruling that Apple should pay the UW $234 million in damages for infringing on the university’s patent. Supplementary damages were later added, bringing the total judgment to $506.1 million.

Apple disputed the claims, saying its processor worked differently based on the specific language spelled out in WARF’s patent, and the jury verdict was subsequently overturned.

The patent, granted in 1998, is based on technology developed by computer science professor Gurindar Sohi and three of his students.