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Apple Accused of Breaching Caltech Wi-Fi Patents

Apple has been slapped with a lawsuit for supposedly violating four California Institute of Technology (Caltech) patents.

Caltech_logo.svgThe university has also filed suit with the U.S. District Court for Central California against Broadcom, one of Apple’s Wi-Fi chip suppliers.

Supposedly violating the IRA/LDPC encoding and decoding patents are the Wi-Fi chips used in iPhones, iPads, Macs, the Apple Watch and a number of other Apple gadgets.

The lawsuit, according to Patently Apple, says Apple and Broadcom are “jointly and severally liable for infringement.”

Caltech has requested a jury trial and is asking the court to grant injunctions against products that violate its patents, which would effectively prevent the sales of a number of Apple devices, including the iPhone 6s and iPad Pro.

Caltech is not asking for a specific amount of money but, instead, requested “adequate” reparation as well as any additional reimbursement the court deems “just and equitable.”

Apple has recently begun pulling its AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule routers from the shelves, but it is not thought to be connected to the lawsuit.

Instead, it is thought Apple is removing the products to comply with a June 2 deadline for Federal Communication Commision (FCC) rules that have been slowly phased in for the past two years. Apple has not pushed an update for the products’ hardware since 2013.

(Via MacRumors)

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