CalTech awarded $1.1 billion from Apple and Broadcom in Wi-Fi patent lawsuit

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Apple is in trouble again over patent infringement by one of its chip suppliers. A jury has awarded the California Institute of Technology a $1.1 billion compensation from Apple and Broadcom for infringing on CalTech’s Wi-Fi patents.

The bulk of the sum is owed by Apple, $837.8 million, while Broadcom is on the hook for $270.2 million. Apple called itself “merely an indirect downstream party” (trying to shift the blame onto Broadcom) and plans to appeal the verdict. Broadcom will appeal too.
CalTech awarded $1.1 billion from Apple and Broadcom in Wi-Fi patent lawsuit
The relationship between Apple and Broadcom is important for both companies. Just last week the chip maker signed a deal worth $15 billion. Also, Apple accounts for a fifth of Broadcom’s revenue.

A year ago, Qualcomm successfully won a suit against chip suppliers Qorvo and Intel, which led to the ban of iPhone 7 and 8 models.

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