Apple must pay $837 million for infringing Wi-Fi patents from Caltech, jury decides

Almost four years after the California Institute of Innovation sued Apple and Broadcom for presumably infringing 4 of the university’s patents on Wi-Fi information transmission, a federal jury has agreed that the two business infringed– and has awarded $1.1 billion in damages to Caltech for the infringement, Law360 reports.

Reporting from the courtroom today, Law360 composes that the jury ordered Apple to pay $837 million, with Broadcom owing $270 million. That seems to be based on Caltech’s hypothetical estimate of what it might have had the ability to negotiate in royalties back in 2010– if Broadcom and Apple had in fact struck a deal with Caltech before they put Broadcom’s Wi-Fi chips into new Apple devices.

Caltech figured that Apple would owe about $1.40 per device, and Broadcom would owe 26 cents each, to accredit its patents for the802

Apparently, Caltech’s creator wasn’t initially thinking about using the data transmission patents for Wi-Fi particularly, according to this passage in the story:

Apple and Broadcom’s attorney Joseph J. Mueller of WilmerHale pointed out that the patents had actually only been licensed as soon as, and that their co-inventor, Hui Jin, affirmed he had actually never ever thought about utilizing the patents for Wi-Fi up until he heard Broadcom and Apple might be infringing them.

Earlier in the event, Apple also argued that it was merely utilizing off-the-shelf Wi-Fi chips from Broadcom, instead of developing any infringing tech itself, and shouldn’t be sued for that.

A juror who spoke to Law360 stated that such arguments, among others, didn’t truly play into the verdict, however– the jury just concurred that Broadcom’s tech, as sold to Apple, appeared to infringe on the patents. It’ll be fascinating to see if Caltech tries to sue other gadget producers that utilized the very same tech.

Probably coincidentally, Apple and Broadcom simply revealed a $15 billion offer recently to supply Apple with more wireless chips for the next three and a half years.

Apple validated to The Verge that it prepares to appeal, but decreased to comment further.

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