Apple to pay around $235 mn for using BITS graduates’ technology

Apple to pay around 235 mn for using BITS graduates technology pardesi news 1459247756

The case centres on the commercial application of the technology, which became a component of processors that run Apple devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

Recently, the Tech giant Apple has been told to pay around $235 million as compensation to the infringement of the intellectual property arm of Wisconsin University, Madison. Apple is accused of using without permission the patented technology developed by the team of researchers at the Wisconsin University Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), including two Indian-American engineers. Gurindar Sohi and Terani Vijaykumar, both electrical and electronics engineering graduates of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, were part of the four-member WARF team which developed the technology

According to the WARF Journal, recently the federal jury asked Apple to pay about $165 million which was less than what had sought. The compensation amount has been increased to approximately $235 million now, after the court jurisdiction.

US District Judge William Conley, who presided over the trial, complimented the lawyers on their professionalism and said “For Dr. Sohi, I hope you felt that your invention was vindicated”. 

This is a case where the hard work of our university researchers and the integrity of patenting and licensing discoveries has prevailed,” said Carl Gulbrandsen, Managing Director of WARF.

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