Apple Ordered to Pay CalTech $837.8 Million for Infringing Wi-Fi Patents

Apple Ordered to Pay CalTech $837.8 Million for Infringing Wi-Fi Patents

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Apple and Broadcom have been ordered to pay the California Institute of Technology $1.1 billion for infringing its patents on Wi-Fi technology, reports Bloomberg. Apple must pay $837.8 million and Broadcom must pay $270.2 million.

The jury verdict is the sixth largest patent verdict of all time; however, both Apple and Broadcom plan to appeal, saying they disagree with the factual and legal basis for the verdict.

A spokesperson said CalTech is “pleased the jury found that Apple and Broadcom infringed Caltech patents” adding that the school is “committed to protecting its intellectual property in furtherance of its mission to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education.”

Lawyers for Apple and Broadcom have denied any infringement and say the school isn't entitled to significant damages even if it exists.

The lawsuit was first filed in 2016 and names iPhones, iPads, iPods, Apple Watches Macs, HomePods, and AirPorts as infringing devices. Apple has argued that since it was using off-the-shelf Wi-Fi chips from Broadcom, it should not be liable for their infringement. However, a juror told Law360 that such arguments didn't play into the verdict and they simply considered whether the Broadcom technology, as sold to Apple, was infringing.

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Apple Ordered to Pay CalTech $837.8 Million for Infringing Wi-Fi Patents

1reader - January 30, 2020 at 5:15am
Someone is getting a big chunk of that fine (probably some lawyers) :(
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