So it's a university [mainly] funded by the tax-payer. How can it be that the research of this university isn't in the public domain? The public paid for it, the public should reap the benefits without paying again.
Sure, Apple tries their hardest not to pay taxes, but the patent isn't limited to them.
"Intel had supported Sohi's research with about $90,000 in gifts in the 1990s and argued it was entitled to the intellectual property that resulted from Sohi's work.
However US District Judge Barbara Crabb laughed Chipzilla's argument out of court and ordered the case to trial.
She said that the funding terms did not give Intel the right to use patents resulting from the work. However she said that any infringement by Intel was not willful because the funding agreements were ambiguous."
This is not true, at least for most states. For example, the UW system got 1.2 Billion from the state out of a 6 Billion dollar budget: https://www.wisconsin.edu/about-the-uw-system/
The large majority of most state university funding comes through tuition, research grants, and donations.
That's not necessarily to say their work should be in the public domain but it would still be nice to see them focus on more productive uses of their IP rather than just license fee extraction.
I mean, let's be honest here, a patent like this is isn't particularly useful to the public because almost nobody outside of a few very large corporations can afford to implement it, and they stand to make a ton of money from it. The last thing Apple needs is publicly subsidized research.
 Like an NFL-class stadium.
Because NFL-Class Stadium is not one of the features I would think of if I was doing a bullet list of things a university should have.
My 30k student university has a sports hall and a gym.
Also, just the ticket sales for one game at Camp Randall Stadium bring in ~$4 million.
What an upside down system!