Apple and Broadcom were ordered by the California District Court to pay $ 1.1 billion. At issue is the violation of four patents for data transmission over Wi-Fi registered by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
The jury determined that the company must pay US $ 837.8 million to the American university. The semiconductor maker will already have to pay $ 270.2 million, Bloomberg says. In international press releases, both Apple and Broadcom have indicated that they will appeal the decision.
The university says in a statement that it is pleased that the jury has decided that Apple and Broadcom have infringed Caltech's patents. As a non-profit organization dedicated to higher education, we are committed to defending our intellectual property, said the institution.
The legal battle between Caltech and the companies has been going on since 2016. In the lawsuit filed with the California District Court, the university claims that several Apple products, which contain electronic components manufactured by Broadcom, infringe Wi- Fi. Equipment includes iPhones, iPads, Mac computers, Apple Watches and Smart Home Pod speakers.
Broadcom is one of Apple's leading suppliers of electronic components, in particular Wi-FI and Bluetooth chips. Both companies announced, on January 23, an agreement that guarantees their partnership for several years and that can bring benefits in the order of 15 million dollars for Broadcom.