Big companies can often be blamed for copying the idea of another big firm to introduce a product or a service to the masses, but rarely will you hear about them stealing the idea from a small company. However, that’s exactly what Apple was sued for. A small team of four inventors which included two Indian engineers sued and won a case against Apple Inc. where they alleged that the tech giant was using their patented technology in their products without their permission.
The India-born engineers, Gurindar Sohi and Terani Vijaykumar, moved to the U.S. after the completion of their graduation from the prestigious Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. The lawsuit was brought forward in January 2014 by Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) which is the licensing arm of the University of Wisconsin. They complained against Apple Inc. for making use of their patent without their permission for “enhancing the efficiency and the performance” of their signature products.
The lawsuit was filed by WARF and the jury found that Apple was illegally using the patented technology in their processors for improving the performance of their iPhones and iPads. The university is seeking around $862.4 million in damages; however, the jury is yet to rule about the sum which needs to be awarded. Apple Inc. in their defence told the court that no infringement was caused and that the patent was invalid.