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University of Wisconsin Files Lawsuit Against Apple in Patent Dispute

February 06, 2014

When businesses seek the exclusive right to create, manufacture, and sell specific items, they apply for patents to prevent others from using their ideas or products. The Wisconsin Business Law Attorneys with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz explain that if someone other than the patent holder attempts to use a patented idea or device, the patent holder can file a lawsuit against the perpetrator.

Such a lawsuit was recently filed against Apple, after the University of Wisconsin claimed the company infringed on the school’s “Table Based Data Speculation Circuit for Parallel Processing Computer” patent when they released the A7 chip for use in products like the iPhone 5 and iPad Air.

According to an article from The Badger Herald, the use of the chip, which processes information twice as fast as its predecessor, infringes on a patent obtained by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). The University of Wisconsin is seeking to halt Apple from using the technology and to fine the company for the infraction.

The Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz are aware of how complex a business dispute can become, and they encourage anyone who has questions regarding their business’s legal rights to discuss their case with a qualified attorney immediately.