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Apple Ordered to Pay $21.7 Million in Patent Suit

If this rings any bells it's because Opti actually sued Apple successfully earlier this year. Ars Technica reports that, in a lawsuit filed in 2007, OPTi alleged Apple had infringed upon its patent covering "predictive snooping of cache memory for master-initiated accesses."

The technology, in general, uses predictive snooping of cache memory to speed up PCI bus data transfers, with the intent of maintaining a constant transfer rate. This year, a jury determined willful infringement and Apple was ordered to pay $19 million in "reasonable royalties."

Apple opposed the verdict, stating that it had not willfully infringed upon the patent and claiming the use of the technology is "obvious" and covered by prior art. This week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Everingham granted Apple's motion for judgment as a matter of law that it did not willfully infringe Opti's patent for predictive cache snooping. However, according to Ars, Everingham issued a guilty verdict anyway, ordering the Cupertino-based Mac maker to pay a total of $21.7 million in damages.

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  • sunflier
    19Million??

    Overpriced @ $2500.00 Apple just needs to sell 7600 Mac Pro Workstations.
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  • gekko668
    21.7 millions of dollars mean nothing to Apple consider they made billions of dollars in profit each quarter.
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  • Blessedman
    this whole idea of patenting ideas that may show up in the future without a working model is total BS. The patent office needs to insist that if these companies are going to file for a patent that the company is obligated to first show a working model.
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  • ssalim
    Lol, yeap.

    "$21mil? ah dang, well it'll return in 2 days selling 7600 mac pro. No worries guys."
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  • pooflinger1
    Nelson from the Simpsons comes to mind....

    *points finger at apple and says Ha Ha*
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  • choujij
    I'm sure Apple will think of something to sue them back...
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  • jgiron
    I think Apple is going bankrupt now...21Mil?
    'Pocket Change'
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  • bunz_of_steel
    GOOOOOD Screw that Steve Job's billionare exec's outa their "hard earned" money! ROFLMA I luv it!!!
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  • maddad
    I don't understand why there are so many Apple haters here. I don't own and Apple computer or an iphone, but Apple innovates and everyone else then jumps on board to try and catch up. Where were all the cool phones from Motorola, Samsung, LG, and HTC before the iphone showed up? Where were all the thin laptops before the Mac Air? Anyway reguardless, they need to get a handle on the patent trolls before all the companies who do create, build, and innovate decide they can't produce anything new without getting sued.
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  • njalterio
    maddadWhere were all the cool phones from Motorola, Samsung, LG, and HTC before the iphone showed up?
    Blackberry

    maddadWhere were all the thin laptops before the Mac Air?
    Mitsubishi Pedion in 1998
    Besides, the macbook air has had major overheating problems.

    maddadAnyway reguardless, they need to get a handle on the patent trolls before all the companies who do create, build, and innovate decide they can't produce anything new without getting sued.
    I agree with you on that one.
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