Apple, Broadcom ordered to pay $1.1 billion to Caltech

Apple, Broadcom ordered to pay $1.1 billion to Caltech

Apple and Broadcom, a wifi chip company Apple uses for iPhones, have been ordered to pay $1.1bn to a university for infringing patents. A jury handed down the verdict in favor of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) which claims the Broadcom infringed four of its data transmission patents. Apple said it plans to appeal the verdict.

Chris
Chris
IvoryDove
IvoryDove 3 months

The 802.11n standard does a "call for patents" at every meeting and thus notifies patent holders that they are obligated to announce if they have relevant patents. It's curious that only Broadcom and Apple are infringing these patents as the codes are used in many applications by many companies and other IEEE standards. I'm suspecting it's more about a disagreement on licensing... Which Cal-Tech is obligated to offer with reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. There's more than meets the eye here.

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