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The Apple iPhone 7, unveiled last year, was one of the products that used UW-Madison technology that a jury found infringed on a patent issued to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

A federal judge in Madison hearing a patent infringement lawsuit brought by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation against Apple Inc. ordered the computer and gadget maker to pay a total of more than $506 million after the two sides agreed to final damages and royalty calculations.

Last month, U.S. District Judge William Conley upheld a damages award of $234 million against Apple, issued by a jury in October 2015. But he ordered WARF and Apple at that point to work together on final figures based on the number of units that Apple sold that use technology that the jury ruled infringed on a patent issued to WARF.

That technology, developed at UW-Madison, has been used in processors installed in the Apple iPhone 6, 6S and 7, among other products.

Last week, Apple informed Conley that the two sides had agreed upon figures to be applied to royalties for use of the technology. Those sales figures, which were closely guarded at the trial in 2015, are redacted from the document Apple filed in U.S. District Court.

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Conley’s final judgment includes the $234 million awarded by the jury, supplemental damages at $1.61 per infringing unit sold through Oct. 26, 2015, and royalties at a rate of $2.74 per infringing unit from Oct. 27, 2015, until the expiration of the WARF patent in December 2016, along with other costs and interest.

Apple has already appealed the jury’s findings to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.

In June, Conley rejected Apple’s motion for a new trial in the case and ruled on other post-trial motions while upholding the $234 million jury award.

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