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Apple and Broadcom to pay US university Hundreds of Millions for Patent Infringement

Defeat in the patent dispute: The iPhone company Apple and its chip supplier Broadcom are said to pay the Technical University of California (Caltech) a billion-dollar sum.


According to a college lawyer, a court-ordered Apple to pay $ 837.8 million, while Broadcom is supposed to remit Caltech $ 270.2 million. The total is a little over a billion euros. Both companies want to appeal against the decision. The lawsuit filed in 2016 concerns patents for WLAN technologies in a wide range of devices from the iPhone to the Apple Watch computer watch.


The California Institute of Technology (CalTech) received $ 1.1 billion after a U.S. federal court found that Broadcom and Apple had infringed the academic institution's intellectual property.

The organization had claimed that the Broadcom Wi-Fi chips used in Apple's iPhone used innovations described in patents related to data transmission technology.

Broadcom specializes in wireless communication chips for smartphones and other devices.

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The court agreed to CalTech and ordered Apple to pay $ 837.8 million in damages, while Broadcom has to pay $ 270.2 million.

According to Reuters, both companies plan to appeal the verdict. Apple had argued that the violations described by CalTech were related to Broadcom technology and that it was only a customer of the chip maker. This meant that the university's complaint was with Broadcom.

CalTech welcomed the verdict after filing the lawsuit in Los Angeles in 2016.

"We are pleased that the jury has determined that Apple and Broadcom have infringed Caltech patents," it said. "As a nonprofit university, Caltech is committed to protecting its intellectual property to further its mission to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated into education."


Apple is one of Broadcom's largest customers. Although Broadcom has been owned by Singapore's Avago since 2016, it returned its headquarters to the U.S. in 2018.

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