Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Apple Owes VirnetX $502M for Patent Infringements

Apple Owes VirnetX $502M for Patent Infringements

Even back in 2010, VirnetX had reportedly filed a litigation against Apple over violation of its patents.

A federal jury rules that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has to pay VirnetX (NYSEMKT:VHC) $502.6M due to patent infringement. The patent troll claimed that FaceTime, iMessage and VPN on Demand violate four of its patents that are related to secure communications.

As Ars has previously reported, VirnetX had won three separate jury trials against Apple, all in the Eastern District of Texas, a longtime hotspot for patent-holding companies seeking to sue tech companies.

Apple's never-ending battle with notorious patent troll VirnetX continues today.

Reports claim that the legal battle between Apple includes many legal suits and a myriad number of appeals.

In 2017 however, Apple filed an appeal against the US district court verdict, though it lost the case. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington is now reviewing cases in which the Patent Trial and Appeal Board claims the patents in question are in fact invalid. Later on, the company was ordered by the district court to pay more than Dollars 400 million as damages to the patent-holding company VirnetX for copyright violations. That verdict was thrown out by the judge, who didn't approve of VirnetX lawyers' references to the 2012 trial. "The evidence was clear", Kendall Larsen said to reporters following the announcement of the verdict.

The Federal Circuit, which handles all patent appeals, declined to put this trial on hold, saying it was so far along that a verdict would come before a final validity decision.

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