U.S. jury awards $145 mln damages to Canada's WiLan against Apple

Aug 1 (Reuters) - A federal jury in California has awarded Canadian intellectual property company WiLan Inc $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, the patent licensing company said in a statement.

WiLan is a unit of Quarterhill Inc.

Apple was not immediately available for comment on the verdict.

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

Founded in 1992 as a producer of broadband wireless technologies, Ottawa-based WiLan has shifted focus to licensing an extensive patent portfolio. (Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)