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Apple could face a stiff penalty after a jury found it violated patent laws by using certain technology in its iPhones.

A jury in a U.S. District Court in Madison, Wisconsin, has ruled against Apple in a patent infringement case filed in February 2014 by Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) regarding patent 5,781,752.

Apple is facing up to $862 million in damages, as the jury found Apple used patented tech owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s licensing arm without permission.

The jury said Apple infringed on all six asserted patent claims, while it dismissed Apple’s attempt to prove patent invalidity. The judge has ordered the trial to move on to three phases: liability, damages, and whether the infringement of the patent by Apple was willful.

As part of the complaint, WARF stated Apple filed patent applications that cite patent 5,781,752 as prior art, indicating the company might have been aware of the patent. WARF also says Apple has a policy of not accepting

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Source: Small Business Trends