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03 August 2018 at 08:57 BST

Apple fights with Canada's WiLan, but finally settles with Samsung

Apple ordered to pay $145M in damages for patent infringement, but agrees to settle long-running battle with Samsung.


Apple has been ordered to pay Canadian company WiLan $145M in damages for patent infringement, but as it continues that battle the firm has agreed to settle its long-running battle with Samsung.

An appeal expected

A Californian jury says Apple must pay Canadian patent licensing company WiLan $145.1 million in damages for patent infringement, saying some iPhone models infringed two WiLan wireless communications technology patents. One patent 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 rejected infringement claims in pretrial filings and is expected to appeal the verdict. This is second time the two companies have battled in court. The last time, in October 2013, went Apple’s way when it was found not guilty of infringing on other WiLan wireless networking technology patents.

Endless appeals do have an end

Meanwhile, Apple has finally settled the long-running patent dispute with Samsung. The two have been in battle over patent infringement since 2011 in a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. The last trial in May in San Jose, California, but the battle is finally over. A district court in San Jose, California was notified that the two companies ‘have agreed to drop and settle their remaining claims and counterclaims in this matter.’ Judge Lucy Koh, of the Northern District of California, signed the order dismissing all suits with prejudice, which means another case can't be filed on the same claim, thus putting an end to endless rounds of appeals. The terms of the settlement are unclear.


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