Apple and Caltech meet again in court

Apple and Caltech are preparing to return to court two years after the first conviction against Apple for patent infringement, which forced it to pay $838 million in damages.

Apple, Caltech, Broadcom

The new lawsuit will only take into account the amount of the compensation and cannot overturn Apple’s conviction. Additionally, Broadcom, a supplier to the Cupertino company, was also ordered to pay an additional $270 million for the same violation.

The lawsuit began in 2016 when Caltech alleged WiFi chips made by Broadcom and used by Apple violated several patents. The lawsuit cited all Apple products: iPhone, iPad, Mac, iMac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, HomePod, and even discontinued AirPort routers. The patents relate to coding systems that correct errors in data transmission used in the 802.11 Wi-Fi standard. Apple and Broadcom attempted to deny infringement of all patents and argued that the California Institute of Technology was not entitled to any damages. The lawsuit, which ended in January 2020, however, found Apple and Broadcom guilty of infringing patents held by the California Institute of Technology relating to WiFi.

Apple has therefore filed an appeal and obtained a new trial which, however, can only reassess the amount of damages, since both Apple and Broadcom are now definitively found guilty of patent infringement.

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