Apple Owes VirnetX $502M for Patent Infringements

Delia Walker
April 12, 2018

A federal court in the state of Texas has reportedly asked Apple pay almost Dollars 502.6 million to patent troll VirnetX, for the infringement of its four patents associated with secure internet communications.

A court in the U.S. ruled the Cupertino giant had infringed four patents for secure messaging in its iMessage, FaceTime and VPN on Demand apps belonging to technology firm VirnetX. The legal battle has been protracted, and it involves multiple lawsuits and a dizzying number of appeals.

The report says that the patents in question relate to Apple's FaceTime, VPN, and iMessage services.

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

Apple is yet to comment on the case, but things are not necessarily clear cut for VirnetX; around 18 months ago, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board said that the patents were invalid. Even so, there was still a major difference there, Apple and Samsung both use their patents in products that they make and sell, while VirtnetX focuses on court cases to bring in revenue. (VHC) won $502.6 million against Apple Inc. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has said the patents are invalid, in cases that are now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington.

In a statement to Bloomberg, VirnetX CEO Kendall Larsen called the damages amount "fair". That's because PTAB believes VirnetX's patents are invalid even for cases now in progress. That verdict was thrown out by the judge, who didn't approve of VirnetX lawyers' references to the 2012 trial.

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