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Apple Told to Pay University $234 Million Over Patent

Oct. 23, 2015, 4:00 AM

Apple Inc. was told to pay $234 million to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s licensing arm for infringing the school’s patent on microprocessor technology.

The amount set by a federal jury in Madison on Oct. 16 was less than the $400 million sought by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. Apple’s lawyers argued the amount should be a fraction of the $110 million Intel Corp. paid in 2009 to settle an earlier dispute over the same patent.

The dispute concerns the design of a processor chip to improve performance. The foundation argued that Apple refused to pay royalties on its A7 and ...