Apple and Broadcom Resolve Wi-Fi Patent Dispute with Caltech

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Apple and Broadcom, on one side, and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), on the other, have reached a resolution in their patent dispute related to Wi-Fi technology that has been ongoing since 2016. The plaintiff, Caltech, has withdrawn its claims without the right to initiate further litigation.

Initially, the plaintiff asserted that millions of Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, smartwatches, and other devices equipped with Broadcom chips, infringed upon its Wi-Fi technology-related patents. Following the first round of litigation, the institute was awarded a total compensation of $1.1 billion: $837.8 million from Apple and $270.2 million from Broadcom. An appellate court deemed the compensation amount “legally unsupported,” rejecting the claim that both Apple and Broadcom were required to license the same chips from Caltech.

Subsequently, a jury trial determined that Apple and Broadcom did indeed infringe on two of Caltech’s patents. Hearings were scheduled for June of this year, but they were postponed indefinitely. In August, the parties informed the court that they had found common ground to resolve the claims, but the details were not disclosed.

The solution described in these patents is fundamental for implementing Wi-Fi standards 802.11n and 802.11ac, even though it was not originally intended for Wi-Fi. Caltech recently settled similar claims with Samsung, while cases against Microsoft, Dell, and HP are still under consideration.

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