Apple ordered to pay $145 million for patent infringement

A federal jury in California has found that the Apple iPhone infringes on two patents owned by Canadian firm WiLan, and has awarded $145 million in damages, Reuters reported.

One patents is for a “method and apparatus for bandwidth request protocols in a wireless communication system,” and the other is for “adaptive call admission control for use in a wireless communication system.”

Apple has said it will appeal the ruling.

WiLan was founded in 1992 in Ottawa as a creator of wireless broadband technologies, but the business has changed to a patent licensing firm. It now acquires intellectual property and charges fees for companies to use it.

Its case against Apple dates back to 2013, when it sought damages of $248 million and another United States jury ruled in favour of Apple.

Reuters reported that WiLan reached licensing deals with companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Dell, HP, HTC, Novatel Wireless, and Sierra Wireless over the patents.

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