While Apple has been crying hoarse over Android phones blatantly infringing its technology and design patents for years, Cupertino is finally at the receiving end of a patent lawsuit which alleges that the A7, A8 and A8X chips weren't really original.
The patent in question is with regard to a technology that increases chip efficiency, and a jury upheld the motion in favour of University of Wisconsin-Madison’s licensing arm which claimed to own it. The lawsuit will now proceed towards establishing liability, damages and the question of wilful violation.
If it all goes south for Cupertino, like it has so far, it would be forced to pay up to £562m in damages. We aren't really surprised though. Apple's chips are known to be so good that they offer superlative performance with just 1GB of RAM support where Android phones have to make do with up to 4GB of RAM.
The chips in question power Apple's best performing devices like iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2. However, the story isn't over yet. Last month, the University filed a new lawsuit against Apple claiming that A9 and A9X- Apple's latest chips powering iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and iPad Pro, were manufactured in violation of the same patented technology.
If Apple loses the new lawsuit as well, it would be forced to pay up damages in excess of £1bn in total, thus negating whatever profits it earned in the whole year. It will also destroy Apple's reputation as the most innovative gadget maker in the world which it holds now.
The present turn of events brings back memories of the day when Steve Jobs accused Bill Gates of stealing his ideas behind the Macintosh. Gates said, “Well, Steve, I think there’s more than one way of looking at it. I think it’s more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it.”