The introduction of Apple’s A7 processor last year was a revolution in the world of mobile processors . The 64-bit processor caught the entire industry by surprise, as Qualcomm later acknowledged, and Apple took a quantum leap forward with the iPhone 5s.
But Apple may have to share the credit for this processor, as the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), the University of Wisconsin’s patent licensing body, claims in a recently filed lawsuit that Apple’s A7 processor infringes a university patent developed that improves “the efficiency and performance of today’s processors.
The patent in question is U.S. patent number 5,781,752 entitled Table Based Data Speculation Circuit for Parallel Processing Computer by computer scientists Andreas Moshovos, Scott Breach, Terani Vijaykumar and Gurindar Sohi and details a process to enable faster execution of processor instructions .
According to the complaint, the work of the researchers has been recognized as an important milestone in the field of microprocessor architecture , with the group leader receiving the Eckert-Mauchly award, one of the most prestigious in this field.
Apple is accused of the application of the patent technology in the A7 processor that the company mounts in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. The suit claims that Apple was aware of the existence of the patent because it has been cited in several new patents issued by Cupertino’s company.
According to the foundation the lawsuit was necessary because Apple has stated that the company’s policy is not to consider or accept proposals regarding the licensing of external entities such as WARF for any purpose. The complaint reads as follows
We’ll see where this news comes from since Apple, as the University of Wisconsin Foundation says, is reluctant to consider any kind of agreement on these issues. However, if its legal department considers that it has the upper hand it will probably try to reach some kind of solution .