Two Indian engineers – Gurinder Sohi and Terani Vijaykumar, are taking the world by storm by filling a lawsuit against the tech giant, Apple, for illegally using their patented technology in its products. Sohi and Vijaykumar are both electrical and electronics engineering graduates of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani.
The two engineers were apparently a part of the team of four engineers who created a “Table based data speculation circuit for parallel processing computer” that the tech giant eventually went on to use to enhance the performance and efficiency of its iPhone and iPad processors. This technology – patented by Sohi, Vijayakumar and two others – was used for a processor found in iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2.
The lawsuit has been filed by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), University of Wisconsin, where Sohi was the leader of the team of engineers.
The project led by Sohi was granted a patent in the US in the year 1998. He is currently working as a computer sciences professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Vijaykumar, on the other hand, is also a professor at Purdue University. Both Sohi and Vijaykumar are alumni of the prestigious BITS, Pilani.
According to the complaint filed in the Wisconsin court, the patented work “has been recognized as a major milestone in the field of computer microprocessor architecture/design.” It improves the power efficiency and performance in processors with the help of a “data speculation circuit.”
The jury on the case ruled that Apple has in fact infringed upon all of the six patents mentioned in the WARF’s complaint and rejected the tech giant’s request to prove invalidity of the patent.
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation had sued Apple for a mammoth sum of $862.4 million for its patent violation. The jury on the case hasn’t yet decided on the amount that would be granted to the foundation and the team members.
Interestingly, the foundation had also sued Intel for the same patent in the year 2008 as well, but the case was reportedly settled out of court by the foundation for an undisclosed sum of money.