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#Infringement: Meet the Indian-origin engineers who took on Apple and won.

These are the two Indian engineers who were part of a team that won a milestone case against Apple Inc in the US this week.

A US jury found that chips powering coveted Apple mobile devices infringe on technology patented by Wisconsin University researchers. 

Gurinder Sohi and Terani Vijaykumar, along with two other engineers, were named in the lawsuit brought by the University’s licensing arm – the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).

The case is to proceed to liability and damages phases that could end with the California-based technology giant being hit with a tab in the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to court documents.

According to some reports, the University is seeking as much as £550 million damages although the final amount will be decided by the jury.

The lawsuit charged that Apple built into its A7 chips technology patented in 1998 for improving efficiency and performance of microprocessors.

“This is an action for infringement of a patent awarded to computer scientists for their work at the University of Wisconsin – Madison,” plaintiffs’ attorneys said in a legal filing.

Professors Sohi and Vijaykumar were identified as the inventors alongside Andreas Moshovos and Scott Breach.  All four had conducted research at the university.

WARF manages patents for the university with a mission to support research there, according to court documents. 

The list of Apple products said to infringe on the patent at issue in the case included iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad Mini with Retina display.

Apple is yet to comment. 

Court documents show that the jury sided with the university research association on all nine claims in the case, and said disagreed with Apple’s contention that the patent was invalid.

The association is reported to be taking aim at newer Apple mobile chips using the same patent.

Both Professor Sohi and Professor Vijaykumar both attended the Birla Institution of Technology and Science in Rajasthan before moving to Wisconsin for graduate studies.

Professor Sohi is a professor of computer sciences at the University of Wisconsin Madison while Professor Vijaykumar is currently a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University in Indiana.

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