Apple Inc. and Broadcom Inc. must pay $1.1 billion in damages for infringing Caltech patents on Wi-Fi technology, a federal jury in Los Angeles ordered.
Apple was ordered to pay $837.8 million while Broadcom was hit with a $270.2-million verdict, according to lawyers for Caltech. The school sued the technology companies over patents related to wireless data transmissions.
It’s the biggest jury verdict of any kind so far this year and the sixth-largest patent verdict of all time, according to Bloomberg data.
Apple said it plans to appeal the Caltech verdict. Broadcom said that it also plans to appeal, and that it disagreed with the factual and legal basis for the verdict.
Lawyers for the two companies have denied infringing the patents and said the school wasn’t entitled to significant damages even if they were using the inventions.
Caltech filed the lawsuit in 2016 and named iPhones, iPads, iPods, Apple Watches, Mac computers, HomePod smart speakers and the since-discontinued AirPort wireless routers as devices using the infringing Broadcom components.
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Source: Los Angeles Times