Apple, Broadcom Win New Trial in $1.1 Billion Caltech Patent Case

A US appeals courtroom on Friday threw out a jury verdict ordering Apple and Broadcom to pay $1.1 billion (roughly Rs. 8,210 crore) to the California Institute of Technology for infringing its Wi-Fi expertise patents, and ordered a brand new trial on damages. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit stated the January 2020 award by the federal jury in Los Angeles, one of many largest ever in patent circumstances, was “legally unsupportable.”

It additionally upheld the jury’s findings that Apple and Broadcom infringed two Caltech patents, and ordered a brand new trial on whether or not they infringed a 3rd patent.

Caltech had sued Apple and Broadcom in May 2016, alleging that thousands and thousands of iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and different gadgets utilizing Broadcom chips infringed its data-transmission patents.

The jury had ordered Apple to pay Caltech $837.8 million (roughly Rs. 6,250 crore) and Broadcom to pay a further $270.2 million (roughly Rs. 2,000 crore).

Caltech spokeswoman Shayna Chabner stated the Pasadena, California-based college was assured that the worth of its patents can be “fully recognised” at a brand new damages trial.

Neither Apple nor Broadcom instantly responded to requests for remark.

Apple is a serious purchaser of Broadcom chips, and in January 2020 reached a $15 billion (roughly Rs. 1,11,960 crore) provide settlement that ends in 2023. Broadcom has estimated that 20 % of its income comes from Apple.

Caltech’s damages mannequin had been based mostly on an argument that the college might have concurrently negotiated a license with Apple for gadgets containing Broadcom chips, and a license with Broadcom for chips used elsewhere.

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Writing for the appeals courtroom, Circuit Judge Richard Linn rejected that principle.

“The mere fact that Broadcom and Apple are separate infringers alone does not support treating the same chips differently at different stages in the supply chain,” Linn wrote. “Caltech’s two-tier damages theory is legally unsupportable on this record.”

Caltech has additionally sued Microsoft, Samsung Electronics, Dell Technologies, and HP for alleged infringement of the identical patents. Those circumstances are pending.

© Thomson Reuters 2023


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