Apple hit with lawsuit for infringing WiFi patents

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Caltech says MacBooks and other products violate its WiFi patents.
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The super-fast WiFi on your iPhone may be the result of patent violations, according to a new lawsuit filed by the California Institute of Technology that claims Apple violated four of its patents.

The patents in questions are incredibly technical, but essentially allow for simpler encoding and decoding circuitry to bring faster transmission rates and improved performance. Caltech was granted the array of patents between 2006 to 2012, but Apple has allegedly used the text in many of its products.

Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch and other Apple products using 802.11n and 802.11ac standards are supposedly in violation of Caltech’s patents.

Caltech’s patent lawsuit also lists Apple’s WiFi chip supplier Broadcom as one of the defendants. The university is seeking damages for patent infringement and is requesting the court to ban the sale of all Apple products that violate the patents in question.

Apple has no yet commented on the lawsuit which is expected to go to a jury trial.

Source: Macrumors