Judge turns Apple-WiLAN patent infringement suit into "Deal or No Deal"

Judge turns Apple-WiLAN patent infringement suit into
Back in August of last year, Apple lost a patent infringement case to IP licensing firm WiLAN. The United States District Court for the Southern District of California found Apple liable for infringing on a pair of patents owned by WiLAN, "Method and Apparatus for Bandwidth Request/Grant Protocols in a Wireless Communication System" and "Adaptive Call Admission Control for Use in a Wireless Communication System".

The court ruled that Apple was on the hook for $145.1 million since it determined that the company illegally used the patents in question since 2014's iPhone 6. This was the first time Apple tasted legal defeat at the hands of WiLAN's legal team, having won three previous suits charging it with infringement of the firm's patents.

While Apple will still be considered liable for infringing on WiLAN's U.S. Patents 8,457,145 and 8,537,757, Judge Dana Sabraw late last week gave WiLAN a "Deal or No Deal" moment. The judge offered WiLAN the opportunity to accept reduced damages from Apple in the amount of $10 million, or face a new trial on the damages amount only. Judge Sabraw also told both companies to try and negotiate a new settlement amount through non-binding arbitration.

Will WiLAN accept the $10 million, or will it slam down that transparent box, scream "No Deal," and face a new trial on the amount of damages it will receive? Stay tuned.



1. Carlitos

Posts: 693; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I hope they don't accept. If apple is truly guilty of these accusations like the last court decision proved. Then it can be proved again Just the fact that apple still has to pay means they are guilty, so go for the full amount WiLAN

2. toukale

Posts: 672; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

As usual, spoken like a fanatic and their bias towards Apple. Wilan finally scored 1 win out of 4 tried and all of a sudden you think they should gamble it all for a 25% chance at a win or nothing.

3. Alan01

Posts: 661; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Apple is guilty of infringing on the two patents regardless of what WiLAN decides. If WiLAN picks a new trial, as mentioned in the article, the only thing being decided would be the amount of damages. Regards, Alan

4. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

I think it would be best for WiLAN to go for a "No-Deal". If Apple is already proven guilty, $10million seems small. But hey, WiLAN only should know the value of their patent.

18. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

You are speaking complete garbage. He "hopes" justice is done if Apple has violated the Patent. It's clear what he's saying. Your second paragraph is convoluted nonsense and doesn't deserve it a response.

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