A Southern District of California jury has returned a $85.2M damages award against Apple in its ongoing litigation with Quarterhill Inc. subsidiary Wi-LAN Inc. (WiLAN). The verdict comes just over a year after District Judge Dana M. Sabraw threw out a $145.1M award in that same case after a mid-2018 trial. Judge Sabraw ruled in early January 2019 that WiLAN had failed to properly apportion the infringing features of the iPhones at issue and that the NPE had presented the first jury with a damages case that lacked a sufficient factual basis. WiLAN’s second, revamped damages case was then narrowed by an order excluding key expert testimony that the court issued about four months before the retrial, which ultimately saw the jury award a per-unit royalty of $0.45 multiplied by 189.4M infringing devices.
Brevet Capital, a private equity firm based in New York, issued a press release on February 11 announcing that it has purchased multiple entities affiliated with Leslie Ware’s PanOptis Holdings, LLC, including litigating NPEs Optis Cellular Technology LLC; Optis Wireless Technology, LLC; and Unwired Planet, LLC. While terms of the deal remain confidential, a recent disclosure in a PanOptis suit against Huawei—the NPE’s last litigation filed since joining the Marconi Group in March 2017—provides details about which entities are now owned by Brevet.
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Quarterhill Inc. (as Wi-LAN Inc.; Wi-LAN USA, Inc.; and Wi-LAN Labs, Inc., collectively WiLAN) has filed a second case (1:19-cv-00941) against Motorola Mobility LLC (with Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc.), asserting the same four networking patents at issue in the NPE’s 2017 case (3:17-cv-00365) against Motorola and its parent company, Lenovo. WiLAN’s new complaint targets some of the same products accused in that first case—which was dismissed without prejudice early last year—including certain models of Motorola’s Moto and DROID smartphones.