Apple to Pay $234 Million to Analysis Group Client Wisconsin Alumni Research Association for Patent Infringement

November 04, 2015

A federal jury in the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin found in favor of Analysis Group client Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) in a patent infringement suit brought against Apple, Inc. WARF alleged that certain iPhone and iPad models infringed a patent that provides for improvements in processor speed. As part of a two-week trial, the jury found that Apple infringed on the patent in question and ordered Apple to pay $234 million in damages.

An Analysis Group team -- including Managing Principals T. Christopher Borek and Justin Mclean, Principal Robert Vigil, Vice Presidents John Browning and Robin Heider, and Managers Ivan Maryanchyk and Anjali Oza -- was retained by counsel for WARF to support Analysis Group affiliates Professors Christopher Knittel of the MIT Sloan School of Management and Robert Blattberg of Carnegie Mellon and emeritus at Northwestern University. Professor Knittel, who testified at trial, used regression analysis to estimate the extent to which increases in processor speed increased the value of smartphones and tablets for consumers. Professor Blattberg analyzed Apple marketing and promotional activities and concluded that Apple's extensive promotion of the speed of its flagship iPhones and iPads was evidence of the importance of speed to smartphone and tablet consumers.