WiLan, a patent troll or as it describes itself as “one of the most successful patent licensing companies in the world” which helps “companies unlock the value of intellectual property by managing and licensing their patent portfolios,” has won a legal dispute against Apple which first started in 2010. The company claimed that Apple had violated two of its patents related to the wireless communication technology including Bluetooth with the iPhone.
The jury of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California has ordered Apple to pay WiLan $145.1 million in damages for infringing on its US patent Nos 8,457,145 and 8,537,757. One of the patent pertains to “method and apparatus for bandwidth request protocols in a wireless communication system,” while the other one is for “adaptive call admission control for use in a wireless communication system.”
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.
This particular case between Apple and WiLan has been ongoing since 2010. This was not the first time WiLan dragged Apple to court though. Back in 2013, a court found Apple not guilty of infringing WiLan’s other patent related to networking. In that lawsuit, WiLan had asked Apple for $248 million in damages.
Given the scale of Apple and the money it makes, it is a common target for patent trolls. While in most cases, the company ends up winning such cases, there are always cases where it ends up on the losing side.[Via WiLan]