Apple must pay $145.1 million for infringing on patents

Apple must pay $145.1 million for infringing on patents

A federal jury in California has awarded Canadian patent licensing company WiLan Inc $145.1 million in damages against Apple for patent infringement. These "8,457,145" and "8,537,757" patents relate to wireless communications tech - specifically bandwidth request protocols in a wireless communication system and adaptive call admission control. The company earlier rejected claims of infringement in pre-trial filings. By 2015 the company had acquired around 10,000 patents, separated its R&D team in a different company and started offering other IP owners know-how on monetization.

In a trial verdict rendered on August 1, 2018 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California a jury awarded WiLAN $145.1 million in damages against Apple Inc. for infringement of WiLAN's U.S. patent Nos 8,457,145 and 8,537,757.

This isn't the first time Apple and WiLAN have met in court. However, since then it has shifted to a business model that's reliant on licensing its patent portfolio to other companies.

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Of the companies involved in the suit, Apple was the only one that didn't agree to settle, instead choosing to go to court.

Last month, Apple was slapped with two lawsuits, both related to its Siri technology. It makes its money by winning court judgements or by reaching agreements with accused infringers for them to pay to license the technology.

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