Apple Inc has been found guilty of infringing on two patents held by Canadian intellectual property WiLan. The federal jury in California awarded WiLan $145.1 million in compensation as per a report from Reuters. Apple is yet to comment on the decision of the San Diego jury.
WiLan in a statement states that the patents in question relate to wireless technology used by the iPhone. One is for a “method and apparatus for bandwidth request protocols in a wireless communication system,” while the other is for “adaptive call admission control for use in a wireless communication system.” WiLan is a Quarterhill company and claims itself as one of the most successful patents licensing companies in the world. The goal is to help companies unlock the value of intellectual property by managing and licensing their patent portfolios.
WiLan patented the technology with US patent nos 8457,145 and 8,537,757. In the trial on August 1, 2018, the jury of the District Court for the Southern District of California awarded WiLan $145.1 million in damage against Apple Inc. This is not the first time WiLan and Apple have faced opposite each other in the court. In October 2013, Apple was not found guilty of infringing on the wireless networking technology patents. WiLan is likely to stand on the money made through filing lawsuits. The company had come hard times in 2013 financially. And was attempting to turn around its luck with successful lawsuits such as these.