A federal jury has ruled that Apple and Broadcom used four patents of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) illegally. The court also awarded $1.1 billion in damages to Caltech for the infringement, Law360 reports.
This is nearly four years after Caltech sued Apple and Broadcom for infringements on WiFi transmissions patents. The ruling orders Apple to pay $838 million, while Broadcom was is to pay $270 million. Apple, however, plans to file an appeal.
Caltech filed the lawsuit in 2016 claiming that Apple was infringing on four of its patents with the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV, Airport routers, and Apple Watch. In the lawsuit, Caltech demanded a jury trial and preliminary and permanent injunctions in the US against Apple products using its technology. The jury ruled that Apple and Broadcom violated three of the four patents.
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Apple claims Caltech went to court six years after the 802.11n wireless standard was published, therefore, there was an expiration of the time limit to collect damages. Apple also made the argument that Caltech does not make, use, or even sell products that practice the claims in the asserted patents.
Caltech pleased with the judgment
The California Institute of Technology in a statement said the trial’s outcome was pleasing.
“Caltech appreciates the jury’s thoughtful attention throughout the trial,” according to the statement.
“We are pleased the jury found that Apple and Broadcom infringed Caltech patents. As a nonprofit institution of higher education, Caltech is committed to protecting its intellectual property in furtherance of its mission to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education.”
Apple and Broadcom are longtime partners and also recently made a pair of multi-year partnerships. This was for the supply of wireless components for its devices.
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