Caltech defeated Samsung, so it’s time for them to take a victory lap
Colleges and universities each have their way of boosting their finances. Caltech, a top-tier university in southern California, has been able to boost its finances in recent years by suing for patent infringement, resulting in a $1 billion payout from Apple and Broadcom. This success is about to be duplicated as CalTech is now trying to get another 1 billion from Samsung.
According to a lawsuit filed in East Texas federal courts, Galaxy devices infringe five of the university’s patents about data transmission technology.
Samsung’s infringing activities are harming Caltech, a university in the US. They need to come up with a way to protect themselves so they can continue contributing to the world and recover their lost profits.
Caltech is claiming damages against Samsung for infringing its patents, and Microsoft’s in its firing line, too. For infringing a patent on the Xbox.
It’s sad to hear that the California Institute of Technology is suing Dell and HP over their patents and the fact that they made technology to copy Caltech’s stuff. This is extremely bad for their future. The problem could be fixed by with PTAB ruling on the Apple-Broadcom case and ruling that all innovations should be for the public good.
Attorneys are always appealing
The district court ordered Apple to pay $837.8 million in damages for violating two Broadcom patents and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ordered that Apple be ordered to pay $863.6 million as compensation.
There are a couple of things that are going on here. With the tarnished shine of Big Tech, combined maybe with pent-up frustration during Coronavirus, jurors have been happy to saddle tech companies with ever bigger fines.
Businesses are always trying to cut costs by taking advantage of their work’s value. They might deprive employees of personal and professional benefits, but they can bring in higher profits than tech companies could.
The West Federal District has been getting more attention in recent years and also includes Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston. It’s given rise to an increase in the number of patent awards which is significant given their scale.
Over fair Shannon
When trying to transfer information, there’s a speed limit or data transfer called the Shannon Limit. That was the case, until recently when these four patents showed that it’s possible to get around this limit.
The Shannon Limit tells you the theoretical maximum error-free data transfer for a specific channel. If you care, that’s great!
Technological advancements are happening at one of the fastest rates and there is no telling what will happen shortly. The Shannon Limit means that the number of channels being used is limited and with Wi-Fi numbers being vast, it can become very difficult to get around this barrier. It’s better to avoid than struggle with it!
CalTech made a surprising breakthrough, discovering how to increase throughput by decoding messages faster than Shannon’s limit. Now they can send & receive more data through a particular channel in less time than what was previously thought possible.
Patents filed in 2001, 2006, 2008, and 2011 made the 802.11n, 802.11ac, & 802.11ax Wi-Fi standards possible.
While patent trolls buy obscure, poorly worded patents and try to extort companies without ever contributing any new knowledge to the world, Mr. Ballecer says CalTech is not one of those entities.
“It’s remarkable when there are actual workouts to theories and laws that seemed so logical, mathematically precise, and electrically unbeatable when first learned,” adds Stephen Syputa.
In the meantime, let’s all kill lawyers with productivity.