Apple pays WiLan $145M for two patent infringements

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

According to a report from Reuters this evening, a federal jury in California has found Apple guilty of infringing on two patents held by Canadian intellectual property company WiLan. The jury awarded WiLan $145.1 million in damages, as stated in the reports.

In a statement released by WiLan, it says 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.”

Apple has yet to comment on the today’s decision from the San Diego jury.

In the duration of time, WiLan, noted as a Quarterhill company, lauds its enterprise as one of the most successful patent licensing companies in the wold,” with the goal of helping “companies unlock the value of intellectual property by managing and licensing their patent portfolios.”

“In a trial verdict rendered on August 1, 2018 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California a jury awarded WiLAN $145.1 million in damages against Apple Inc. for infringement of WiLAN’s US patent Nos 8,457,145 and 8,537,757.”

In October of 2013, Apple was found not guilty of infringing on other wireless networking technology patents.

Founded in 1992 as a producer of broadband wireless technologies, Ottawa-based WiLan has shifted focus to licensing an extensive patent portfolio.

Reports suggest that WiLan thrives on the money made through lawsuits such as these, considering the 2013 financial challenges encountered, in addition to attempts to turn around its misfortune with successful lawsuits against leading companies.