After announcing better than expected quarterly earnings for the second quarter of 2018, Apple will shell out some of that cash for loosing a patent infringement case. A U.S. federal jury ordered the American smartphone maker to pay $145.1 million to a Canadian company called WiLan for infringing on two of its patents. Reuters reports Apple plans to appeal the jury’s decision.
WiLan, part of Quarterhill Inc., described as a“patent troll.” is a “intellectual property licensing company” based in Ottawa whose business model is basically to collect patents and then sue companies infringing on those patents, making money through Judgements such as this or by reaching agreements with accused infringers for them to pay to license the technology.
They hold more than 10,000 patents, with a focus on wireless technologies which globally achieves the goals of the company as described by CEO Jim Skippen, who is retiring this month. “What we essentially prove is that if you have a product that uses Wi-Fi, by definition you have to infringe some of our patents,” he told the Financial Post in 2013.
The patents in question in the Apple case are 8,457,145 and 8,537,757, which deal with wireless bandwidth allocation and adaptive call admission control. Skippen and WiLan have signed more than 500 licensing agreements, totaling more than C$1 billion.
Apple and Wilan had locked horns in 2013 over a different patent issue but a U.S. jury ruled in favor of Apple which WiLan had sought $248 million in damages. And WiLan keeps rolling — in February it sued Google saying the Google Assistant infringes on intellectual property it holds that was initially developed for SRI International.