Apple Must Pay $502.6 Million to VirnetX, Federal Jury Rules

Saul Franklin
April 12, 2018

The legal fight started back in 2010 when VirnetX filed a lawsuit against Apple where it accused the iPhone maker for infringing on its intellectual properties. 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.

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 then pursued another appeal, but the company lost and has been ordered to pay $439.7 million in damages. 7 million to VirnetX for encroaching on the patents of its four technologies apparently used in iOS applications as well as FaceTime.

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Incidentally, in the fourth quarter of previous year, the U.S. District Court had ordered Apple pay almost Dollars 439. It isn't the first time a ruling in the case has gone against Apple. It has been determined that 400 million Apple devices that infringe the troll's patents have been sold. 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. It doesn't seem certain the company will ever see that $502.6 million payout, though. 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.

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