August 2, 2018 12:35 am

Apple owes Canadian patent company US$145.1 million in damages for infringement

Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, U.S., August 1, 2018.

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A federal jury in California has awarded Canadian patent licensing company WiLan Inc US$145.1 million in damages against Apple Inc for patent infringement, according to a court filing on Wednesday.

The jury in San Diego determined that versions of Apple’s iPhone infringed two WiLan patents relating to wireless communications technology, WiLan, a unit of Quarterhill Inc , said in a statement.

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Apple confirmed it plans to appeal. The company earlier rejected claims of infringement in pre-trial filings.

In 2013, a U.S. jury ruled in favor of Apple in a separate litigation in which WiLan had sought $248 million in damages.

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Founded in 1992 as a producer of broadband wireless technologies, Ottawa-based WiLan has shifted focus to licensing an extensive patent portfolio.

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