This is a great legal victory for Apple : the jury of an American court of appeal has indeed given reason to Apple and its supplier Broadcom in a dispute between him and the prestigious Caltech (California Institute of Technology). In 2016, Caltech took Apple and Broadcom to court over alleged patent infringements on Wi-Fi technology. Since the patents relate to Broadcom’s network chips, almost all Apple devices were affected (Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac).
In 2020, justice rendered its verdict: Apple was ordered to pay $838 million to Caltech and Broadcom still had to pay $270 million. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that the $1.1 billion in penalties, the highest sum ever obtained in the United States following a patent dispute, was not justified . The Court of Appeal therefore ordered the holding of a new trial which will have the sole objective of re-discussing the amount of the penalties (the infringement of the patents is acquired for Caltech).