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
In August 2018, Patently Apple posted a patent infringement report titled "U.S. Jury Found Apple Guilty of Infringing two WiLAN Patents that will cost Apple $145.1 Million." In January 2019, we posted a second report on this case titled "WiLAN's $145.1 Million Verdict against Apple has been slashed to $10 Million While Unified Patents Challenges more Patent Troll Patents." However, we're learning now that the Judge gave WiLAN an option of either accepting the $10 million or retry the case. They decided to retry it and their patience paid off.
Late yesterday Ottawa based Quarterhill, who owns WiLAN, announced an update in their patent infringement case against Apple late yesterday.
The company stated that "In a damages-only re-trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California commenced on January 21, 2020, the jury rendered its verdict today awarding WiLAN $85.23 million in damages owed to WiLAN by Apple Inc. ("Apple") for the infringement of WiLAN's US patent Nos 8,457,145 and 8,537,757 ("Patents")," that was covered in our 2018 report.
In a previous related trial verdict rendered on August 1, 2018 in the same court, the jury in that case found that Apple infringed the Patents and awarded WiLAN $145.1 million in damages. In a subsequent hearing after that 2018 verdict, the court affirmed the jury's finding of infringement but ordered another trial solely on damages which resulted in today's new verdict."