Caltech sues Apple for Infringing Patents
Apple is again confronted with a patent case. Recently, California Institute of Technology – Caltech sued Apple for violating a Wi-Fi patent.
Caltech filed a lawsuit against Apple in the U.S. District Court for Central California, for allegedly infringing four patents of the university. In the lawsuit, Caltech argues, Apple has been deliberately taking advantage of patented technologies applied in almost all of its major products from the iPhone 5 and onwards.
“Apple manufactures, uses, imports, offers for sale, and/or sells Wi-Fi products that incorporate IRA/LDPC encoders and/or decoders and infringe the Asserted Patents. Apple products that incorporate IRA/LDPC encoders and/or decoders and infringe the Asserted Patents include, but are not limited to, the following: iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 2, MacBook Air [and] Apple Watch.”
Caltech claims Apple has violated patent number 802.11n and 802.11ac Wi-Fi standards adopted in 2006 and 2012, which are used by many Apple products. With this technology, data transmission can proceed more quickly.
Not only that, but the lawsuit also targets Broadcom, which creates a Wi-Fi chip for the iPhone, MacBook, and other Apple products. Although not the primary target, Caltech considers Broadcom may also have taken advantage.
Last year, Apple also faced a similar problem, after the University of Wisconsin-Madison filed a lawsuit amounting to USD234 million to Apple for patent infringement.
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