Just last week, a small Nevada based company called VirnetX won a $368 million judgment against Apple
. Apple was alleged to have infringed on four patents related to a method that establishes a secure communication link
between two devices. The suit claimed that Apple's FaceTime video chat service infringed on the patents. Apple said in its defense that even if its engineers used the technology described in the patent, it was a small part of very large, complex products and was used inadvertently. According to an attorney who represented VirnetX during the trial, Apple's developers apparently testified that they didn't look at patents while developing FaceTime.
VirnetX says FaceTime infringes on its patents
With that in mind, VirnetX is seeking to mine some more gold from Apple. Clutching the same IP it used to win the first case, the company now alleges that Apple's newer products
also infringe on the patents. These devices are the Apple iPhone 5
, the fourth-generation Apple iPad
, the Apple iPad mini
, the 5th generation Apple iPod touch
and the newest Mac computers. Any Apple device that supports the FaceTime video chat feature that wasn't part of the first suit, is part of the second one.
The new suit was filed the very same day that VirnetX won the first case. In the new suit, VirnetX is seeking a preliminary injunction
against the devices allegedly infringing on the patents, as well as damages. The patents involved in the new suit as well as the previous one, are U.S. Patent numbers 6,502,135, 7,418,504, 7,921,211 and 7,490,151.