Apple and Broadcom should pay over $1.1 billion for infringing Caltech’s patents with Wi-Fi chips installed in almost 600 million Apple devices sold in the U.S., a lawyer for the university told a California federal jury during closing arguments Tuesday that accused the tech giants of stonewalling and even hiding a witness, reports Law360 (a subscription is required to read the entire article).
This is the latest salvo in an ongoing legal battle. In May 2016 Apple and Broadcom were jointly named as defendants in a legal complaint filed by Caltech (California Institute of Technology) over alleged infringement of nine patented Wi-Fi-related technologies. In the court filing with the U.S. District Court for Central California, Caltech accused Apple of selling various iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch models, along with other Wi-Fi products, that incorporate IRA/LDPC encoders and/or decoders and allegedly infringe on its patents. The university is seeking monetary damages.
In 2015 Caltech sued Canon, Nikon and 4 other digital-camera makers, for infringing on six patents relating to pixel sensors in digital cameras. All of the patents came after research the university was doing for NASA.