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Apple and WiLAN Sign Patent Licensing Agreement to Resolve Disputes

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WiLAN previously claimed that the iPhone 5 and 6 models violated its patents by employing the LTE wireless standard.
WiLAN announced on Tuesday that it had signed a patent license agreement with Apple and resolved all pending litigations, just weeks after the iPhone maker won a patent dispute with the company over wireless technology.


Following a 2020 retrial, Apple persuaded a US appeals court to overturn a jury’s $85 million (roughly Rs. 650 crore) award to Canadian patent-licensing company WiLAN. Apple had asked the Federal Circuit to overturn the award on a number of grounds, including issues with the WiLAN expert’s testimony.


In 2014, Apple filed a lawsuit against Quarterhill’s WiLAN, claiming that it infringed on patents related to wireless network bandwidth allocation. WiLAN claimed that by using the LTE wireless standard, the iPhone 5 and 6 models infringed on its patents.
WiLAN’s primary business is to acquire intellectual property and then charge fees to companies that use it.

The most recent agreement includes the resolution and dismissal of all disputes in the United States, Canada, and Germany between WiLAN, its subsidiary Polaris, and Apple. The agreement’s terms, however, were not made public.


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