The California Institute of Technology has announced the resolution of its patent lawsuit against Apple and Broadcom in connection with Wi-Fi chips. Caltech, based in Pasadena, California, filed the lawsuit against the tech giants in 2016, alleging that several Apple products, including iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches, using Broadcom chips, infringed upon its wireless communication patents. The recent filing by Caltech indicates the dismissal of the billion-dollar case with prejudice, signifying it cannot be filed again.
In August, both parties informed the court of a potential settlement without disclosing further details. Representatives from Caltech, Apple, and Broadcom have not yet responded to requests for comments.
Previously, in 2020, a jury ordered Apple to pay $837.8 million and Broadcom to pay $270.2 million in patent infringement damages. However, a U.S. appeals court overturned this award last year, citing its “legally unsupportable” nature and calling for a new trial on damages. A trial initially set for June this year was indefinitely postponed in May.
Caltech settled another lawsuit against Samsung in August. The university has also filed patent infringement suits against Microsoft, Dell, and HP related to its Wi-Fi patents, with those cases still pending.