Apple is sued by Caltech over the use of four Wi-Fi patents

Just the other day, we told you that Apple's legal team had its hands full with portfolio holding company VirnetX. The latter had won a jury award of $625 million against Apple, and was seeking an additional $190 million. It also asked the judge to force Apple to shut down its iMessages and FaceTime features. Now, Apple's attorney's are being called on again to defend the company in another patent infringement case...
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222 Comments

64. meanestgenius

Posts: 21354; Member since: May 28, 2014

Glad I could help!

102. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apparently far more than Google or Microsoft. Lol

13. Panzer

Posts: 278; Member since: May 13, 2016

Easy to have most of the smartphone profits when you do not pay anyone there licensing fees.

16. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

If Apple was smart, they would simple donate 500 millions to Caltech as a gift and write it off on their taxes. Donate 25 millions a year to the education system. This will end their legal battle with schools.

20. Subie

Posts: 2275; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Since no price is mentioned publicly in the suit I think Caltech's hoping Apple will make them an offer to cover their "damages". With history as an example - a ban on Apple imports is highly unlikely.

57. engineer-1701d unregistered

how great would it be to see apple banned for 3 month no sales or imports, because 2 or 3 companies request ban due to patent infringement

69. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

How would that be a good thing? That would send several economies into a panic. And lawsuits such as this usually in a settlement.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17095; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I've got to come down on Apple's side in this one. They bought a part. If it comes down to Qualcomm's part does all the infringing, then Apple shouldn't be on the hook.

47. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

You think they weren't well aware of the infringement by Broadcom? They have legal teams pouring over patents constantly to ensure they know what goes in their devices. Otherwise, they could, theoretically, have to recall phones that use the infringing part, should a judge feel so inclined and they don't want to pay. Not likely, but possible. They just calculated that it would be cheaper to use this particular part, regardless.

50. tedkord

Posts: 17095; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I think it doesn't matter. Broadcomm infringed (if there's any infringement). Where does it end? Can they sue iPhone users? They're using the infringing tech.

65. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Even if Broadcomm was the only one who knew of the infringement (which is unlikely since as ePoch said, they have people who check things like that) if they win against Broadcomm, they can still ask for a ban on devices using the infringing tech. So Apple, and anyone else using the infringing tech, would still have a ban levied on them. It may not be fair to those companies, but that is between them and Broadcomm, it's not Caltech's problem.

222. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That didn't stop Apple from suing HTC though. So no, I wont take Apple's side. Apple sold an infringing components in it's devices. SUE'EM.
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