Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Apple ordered to pay VirnetX $502 million in latest patent lawsuit verdict

Apple ordered to pay VirnetX $502 million in latest patent lawsuit verdict

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.

A federal court in the state of Texas has reportedly asked Apple Inc.to pay almost Dollars 502.6 million to patent troll VirnetX, for the infringement of its four patents associated with secure internet communications. Later on, the company was ordered by the district court to pay more than United States dollars 400 million as damages to the patent-holding company VirnetX for copyright violations. "Tell the truth and you don't have to worry about anything".

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Apple has been dealt what may be a short-lived blow in a long-fought battle with VirnetX. It's small change for Apple, but an important win for VirnetX. But it has been speculated that the decision is likely to be scrapped as the Patent Trial & Appeal Board has claimed the patents under investigation to be invalid. The jury ruled that Apple's FaceTime, VPN on Demand and iMessage features infringed four of VirnetX's patents, according to a Bloomberg News report. In 2012, Apple lost a $368.2 million lawsuit from VirnetX, though that verdict was later thrown out, paving the way for retrials and additional disputes. A judge had previously set the damages at $439.7 million. Since that time, there have been numerous trials and appeals.

Apple has yet to comment on today's ruling, though it has had choice words for VirnetX in the past, saying that the company continually "moves the boundary, asking for more and more and more".

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