In a victory for Apple, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by the University of Wisconsin over a case involving chips in iPhones and iPads.
The case made headlines in 2015 when a jury sided with the university’s claims that Apple had infringed on its patents. The court ordered Apple to pay $234 million in damages.
In 2017, a judge more than doubled the verdict to $506 million after finding Apple owed either $1.61 or $2.34 in royalties for every device it sold.
Last year, Apple, however, persuaded the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to throw out the ruling. The court, which is responsible for all patent appeals in the country, tossed the verdict after concluding “no reasonable juror could have found infringement based on the evidence presented.”
In its appeal, the University of Wisconsin said the Federal Circuit wrongfully reinterpreted a question that should have been left to the jury—a position echoed by some prominent patent scholars.