Apple Sued by University for Theft

By Ikenga Chronicles December 17, 2016

Apple Sued by University for Theft

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is not smiling at Apple as we write. Apple, Caltech alleges, has been using Wi-Fi technology it oughtn’t.

The university claims that Apple has infringed on four of its patents for improved data transmission rates and performance over Wi-Fi.

These patents were awarded between 2006 and 2012, and cover technology implemented in the most recent 802.11n and 802.11ac Wi-Fi standards. 

A number of iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch devices have adopted this technology, and presently have them running on them.

The lawsuit also names Apple supplier Broadcom, who is one of Apple’s main suppliers of Wi-Fi chips. The suit seeks a jury trial against Apple and Broadcom, as well as a court order to prevent Apple from selling the devices in the US, and damages for the infringed patents. 

The light is all green as Apple was last year ordered to pay damages for infringing a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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