Apple Owes VirnetX $502M for Patent Infringements

12 April, 2018, 07:04 | Author: Hope Soto
  • Суд заставляет Apple выплатить полмиллиарда долларов патентному троллю

Incidentally, in the fourth quarter of a year ago, the U.S. District Court had ordered Apple pay almost United States dollars 439.

Lodged back in 2012, VirnetX's original complaint accused various Apple products (including the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and some Mac computers) of infringing on the non-practicing entity's intellectual property covering various "secure data communications" platforms, such as its FaceTime, iMessage and VPN on Demand. A federal jury in East Texas has found that Apple is guilty of infringing secure communications patents belonging to VirnetX Holding Corp., a notorious patent troll that has been battling Apple in court for almost eight years now.

It's a huge win for VirnetX, which exists mainly to attempt to hoard patents it has no intention of ever using, and then find companies to which it can license those technologies. The case isn't dead yet though, the United States legal system has plenty of room for additional appeals and Apple is exploring those options already. "Tell the truth and you don't have to worry about anything".

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The dispute has bounced between the district court, patent office and Federal Circuit since 2010. Damages were based upon sales of more than 400 million Apple devices, according to Bloomberg.

KitGuru Says: We have seen Apple on the opposite end of this in the past, with the case against Samsung being the most prolific example. The court ruled in the favor of VirnetX and has ordered Apple to pay more than Dollars 500 million as compensation to the patent-assertion organization. For VirnetX, the jury verdict in its favour could be a short-lived victory.



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