WiLan wins $145.1 million in damages against Apple Inc

Apple is likely to go on appeal. The federal jury found Apple guilty of patent infringement.

As per a court filing by WiLan, a unit of Quarterhill Inc, a federal jury in California has awarded WiLan Inc, a Canadian patent licensing company, $145.1 million in damages against Apple Inc, for patent infringement.

The jury in San Diego concluded that versions of Apple’s smartphone infringed on two WiLan patents relating to wireless communications technology, said WiLan in a statement.

Apple stated it will appeal the ruling. Cupertino had earlier rejected claims of infringement in pre-trial filings.

In a separate litigation, a U.S. jury, in 2013, had ruled in favor of Apple in which WiLan had sought $248 million in damages.

Although Ottawa-based WiLan started off as a producer of broadband wireless technologies, it shifted its business focus to licensing its extensive patent portfolio.


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