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Apple Ordered to Pay $234M to University of Wisconsin for Infringing Patent

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    A customer tries out the new Apple iPhone 6S at an Apple store on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in Chicago.

    A U.S. jury on Friday ordered Apple Inc. to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison's patent licensing arm more than $234 million in damages for incorporating its microchip technology into some of the company's iPhones and iPads without permission, NBC News reported.

    The amount was less than the $400 million the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) was claiming in damages after the jury on Tuesday said Apple infringed its patent for improving the performance of computer processors.

    Apple said it would appeal the verdict, but declined to comment further.

    WARF praised the verdict and said it was important to protect the university's inventions from unauthorized use. "This decision is great news," said WARF Managing Director Carl Gulbrandsen in a statement.