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Apple blasts CalTech’s attempt to double $1.1 billion patent jury trial win

Apple and Broadcom have shot back at the California Institute of Technology’s bid to double its $1.1 billion patent jury trial win partly due to alleged discovery misconduct, telling a California federal judge the accusations are unsupported and the school’s “ill-founded and already-exorbitant” damages award should be tossed outright, reports Law360 (a subscription is required to read the entire article).

Last month the Federal Circuit rejected Apple‘s bid to overturn a patent board decision upholding CalTech’s patent for wireless data transmissions. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled in favor of CalTech in 2018 after reviewing U.S. Patent No. 7,116,710 while CalTech’s parallel infringement case proceeded in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

In 2016 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 sought monetary damages. 

In January, a California federal jury ruled that Apple and Broadcom infringed three California Institute of Technology (CalTech) data transmission patents with Wi-Fi chips used in hundreds of millions of iPhones and other devices, awarding the university over $1.1 billion in damages. Apple was ordered to pay $837.8 million, and Broadcom was hit with a $270.2 million verdict, according to lawyers for CalTech. 

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.