CalTech wins $1.1 billion jury verdict in patent case against Apple, Broadcom

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The California Institute of Technology said on Wednesday that it won a $1.1 billion jury verdict in a patent case against Apple and Broadcom. Apple and Broadcom plan to appeal the verdict.

Jan Wolfe and Stephen Nellis for Reuters:

In a case filed in federal court in Los Angeles in 2016, the Pasadena, California-based research university alleged that Broadcom wi-fi chips used in hundreds of millions of Apple iPhones infringed patents relating to data transmission technology.

“While we thank the members of the jury for their service, we disagree with the factual and legal bases for the verdict and intend to appeal,” Broadcom said in a statement. Apple said it plans to appeal the verdict, but declined further comment. The company had said in court filings that it believed all of the university’s claims against it resulted from its using Broadcom’s chips in its devices, calling itself “merely an indirect downstream party.”

The verdict awarded CalTech $837.8 million from Apple and $270.2 million from Broadcom.

MacDailyNews Take: $837.8 million is quite the indirect infringement award.


    1. Universities have been patenting their findings for years. My company pays royalties to Stanford for technology we use in our products. Without it we would not been able to make them and it mad ea massive difference in revenue with all the products we were able to generate. I also know people who have benefited personally from patents issued by universities in their name.
      I have no issue with Universities claiming patent infringement since often a lot of the key developments are generated there (as long as the claims are correct of course).
      Apple will drag this out for sure.

    2. Universities are non-profit in sum. That doesn’t mean they don’t need operating capital to provide customized handcrafted education to each pupil, many of whom have been brainwashed into believing that knowing things is too hard, and whatever comes up first on Google is a good enough answer.

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