Apple and Broadcom must pay US $ 1.1 billion for patents violation
The tech giants will have to pay Caltech US $ 837 million and US $ 270 million to the circuit manufacturer
A jury convicted US technology companies, Apple and Broadcom, for violating four patents from a University of California related to wireless data transmission.
The fine that exceeds $ 1 billion must be paid between both companies, $ 837 million from Apple and $ 270 million from Broadcom that will be accrued by the California Institute of Technology, also known as Caltech.
Given what it is considered one of the largest patent verdicts in history, both Apple and Broadcom said they plan to appeal the verdict and ensure that Caltech’s lawsuit “is based solely on the incorporation of allegedly infringing Broadcom chips into the iPhone , Mac and other Apple devices.”
For its part, the institution said in a statement sent to AFP that “as a nonprofit higher education institution, Caltech is committed to protecting its intellectual property to promote its mission of expanding human knowledge and benefiting society through research integrated with education.”
Caltech introduced the lawsuit in 2016, claiming that Broadcom’s Wi-Fi chips, used in Apple products, such as iPhones, iPads, iPods, Apple watches and Mac computers, infringed the university’s patents.