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Apple slapped with $234m fine for stealing tech used in iPhones


By Natalie Mortimer | N/A

October 17, 2015 | 2 min read

Apple has been fined $234m after a court ruled it had infringed a university's microchip patent that was used in iPhones and iPads without permission.

A jury reached the conclusion that the tech giant's A7, A8 and A8X processors found in the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus violated the patented technology created by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which works to extend a device's battery life by two hours, according to Sky News.

Apple has denied any wrong-doing but is set to face further action from the university's non-profit arm Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) which is set to launch a second lawsuit over the company's newest chips which can be found in the iPad Pro, as well as the iPhone 6s and 6 Plus.

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The payout is around $165m (£107m) less than the university's lawyers had initially demanded.

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