After a decade of unsuccessful lawsuits against Apple, the n-profit WiLAN entity earned a rare victory Wednesday when a federal jury instructed the technology giant to pay $ 141.1 milli for violating two properties.
According to a case filed with the California District Court in the southern district of California, the jury handed in $ 141.1 milli in favor of WiLAN after an hour and a half deliberati. Evidence from both sides was presented to the jurors for a period of seven days.
Apple was found in two patents with violati of wireless communicati technology, according to a WiLAN statement Reuters. Both patents, e for a "method and device for bandwidth request / subsidy protocols in a wireless communicati system" and the other for "adaptive access ctrol for use in a wireless communicati system", were focused Apple & # 39; s iPhone.
The trial dates from 2014 when WiLAN warned Apple to violate six patents with its iPhone and iPad products. Intellectual property in the WiLAN charge belged to the same family of patents as a separate patent in questi in a case pending in Florida at that time, Apple argued in its n-infringement finding.
However, according to WiLAN's complaint, the patents in questi in the California case, including those relating to VoLTE technology, were different from those in previous court cases. The Californian jury accepted.
Apple has previously mixed with WiLAN. The Canadian patent company ctinued in 2007 with Apple for the first time using the technology giant Wi-Fi technology in a variety of commercial products. Another complaint filed in 2010 claimed that Apple had violated the patented Bluetooth technology.
More recently, a jury in 2013 found Apple's preference in a lawsuit with Alcatel-Lucent, Dell, Hewlett Packard, HTC and other major technology companies. In order to cfirm two patents in wireless technologies against the companies, WiLAN claimed compensati of $ 248 milli and was able to obtain license and settlement agreements from all parties, with the excepti of Apple, which meant that patent applicatis could eventually be invalidated.
WiLAN was founded in 1992 as a company based the development and commercializati of wireless technologies. In 2006, after "realizing the value of its intellectual property for the industry", the company was transformed into a company that holds a patent and owns a large number of properties that are used in disputes with companies of great renown.
As a result of today's decisi, presiding judge Dana M. Sabraw instructed both parties to mediate for submitting motis after the trial. A report of the joint situati is expected 10 August.