Apple News: Apple in serious trouble, to face lawsuit over WiFi patents

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Apple is in serious trouble. The company’s legal battle with American school is not yet over, this time, it’s CALTECH (California Institute of Technology). CALTECH recently filed a lawsuit against the Cupertino-based company for allegedly violating four WiFi-related patents.

According to sources, the lawsuit claims that Apple has violated four patents associated with the use of IRA/LPDC decoders and encoders and that Apple products starting from the iPhone 5, MacBook Air, iPad Air and Apple Watch have used WiFi technology that was made by the CALTECH.

In an earlier report by PatentlyApple revealed that the patent infringement report was officially filed on May 26, 2016, with the U.S. District Court for Central California. In the formal complaint, CALTECH has accused Apple of selling various products which include iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch models, along with other Wi-Fi products, that incorporate these CALTECH’s IRA/LDPC encoders and/or decoders and infringe the Asserted Patents.

In addition, the CALTECH lawsuit also targets Broadcom, which creates the WiFi chips used in the iPhone, MacBook and other Apple devices. Though it’s the core target of the infringement case, Apple is also looped in because of Broadcom’s connections. Apple has used Broadcom technologies in its products for the past four years. Apple is also one of Broadcom’s biggest customers, representing around 14 percent of the company’s overall revenue.

This is not the first time Apple has been in legal battle with a renowned American school over patent infringement case. Last year, Apple has been in legal battle with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation over technology used for A7, A8 and A8x processors (Can be found inside Apple iPhone products and other devices), which said to increase processor performance. Apple has lost the battle with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and the jury ruled out that the company has to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison damages of $234 million for infringing a patent regarding about processor performance.

In a lawsuit filed, CALTECH argued that Apple knowingly used and advertised gains from patented WiFi technology in almost all of its major products starting from the iPhone 5 forward. The American university is hoping to block sales of those Apple products and to recover damages from infringement.

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