While Apple delivered a monster Q1 2020 report yesterday, it's been a tough week on the legal front. Last Saturday Patently Apple posted a report titled "Canada's Wi-LAN Gambled on a new Trial against Apple instead of Accepting a $10 Million Pay Day and now Apple owes them $85 Million. Tonight there's news that Apple and Broadcom have been ordered to pay US$1.1B for patent infringement.
Patently Apple covered the original lawsuit in a report titled "The California Institute of Technology Sues Apple over Wi-Fi Technology." At the time we reported that "The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's iPhones beginning with the iPhone 5, the iPad, MacBook Air, Apple Watch and more. Apple's use of Broadcom's technology is using IRA/LDPC encoders and/or decoders invented by the California Institute of Technology. In this lawsuit, Apple is drawn in by virtue of using Broadcom Wi-Fi products."
Bloomberg reports tonight that " Apple was ordered to pay US$838 million, while Broadcom was ordered to pay US$270 million, according lawyers for Caltech.
Apple said it planned to appeal the verdict. Broadcom didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The patents relate to coding systems that correct errors in transmission of data used in the 802.11 Wi-Fi standard.
Apple and Broadcom denied infringing the patents, and said the school wasn’t entitled to significant damages even if they were using the inventions.
For more read the Bloomberg report now on their Technology home page titled "Apple and Broadcom Ordered to Pay $1.1 Billion for Patent Infringement."