Apple being sued for infringing on a Virtual Private Network patent with the Apple iPhone 4S

Apple being sued for infringing on a Virtual Private Network patent with the Apple iPhone 4S
A company called VirnetX is suing Apple for infringing on U.S. Patent No. 8,051,181. Awarded to the Nevada based company just this week, the patent is entitled "Method for Establishing Secure Communication Link Between Computers of Virtual Private Network" and covers a technique for establishing a secure communication link between two computers over a computer network. This is done by setting up a secure network link from the first computer without using cryptographic information. A semi-random sequence of data values keeps the connection secure.

VirnetX moved quickly to defend its intellectual property. The patent was awarded on November 1st and the complaint was filed the same day. The actual invention was filed with the USPTO in February, 2007. The complaint alleges that products like the Apple iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPod touch, and Mac systems that run Lion infringe on the patent. VirnetX seeks an injunction against Apple and damages. Last year the company took on Microsoft and won a $200 million settlement from the tech giant

source: AppleInsider

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67 Comments

1. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Nice...

4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

say it like they did in that south park episode......niiiiiccccceee!

13. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Which one was that?

21. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

The one where they were making fun of the hot young blonde teacher for having intercourse with one of her students. Every time one of the male characters saw her or heard about it they would say "niiiiiiiiiccccccceeeee"

51. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

yes ! Nice !!!

2. trin

Posts: 88; Member since: May 11, 2010

Ruh-ro.

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Hmmm Apple in trouble again,they do say what goes around comes around!

20. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

haha its totally okay for people to all sue apple but if apple tries to sue its oh no the world is gonna crash… hahaha

22. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Well Apple is the patent troll here Lucas, they started all of this nonsense. It's only natural that they get a taste of their own medicine.

29. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

actually im almost positive apple is not the one who started this, and that is was microsoft who btw makes so much more money off of other companies and has so many more lawsuits... is it just that u hate apple? cause then u might as well just say that...

63. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

No sir, I don't. As a former iPhone 3G user and a currently iPod touch user I love apple but I think they have gone way too far with all of this. They got a patent for a sliding lock screen for crying out loud. Even tho they weren't the first to use it.

66. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Yeah, the difference being that Microsoft uses patents the way they were designed to be used, to collect royalties. Apple uses patents to ban other products because they are scared of competition. Do you know what you are talking about?

72. Smokn04cobra

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

Every one of the technology companies...hardware, software, etc. have all borrowed an idea in some form or fashion. It helps us to advance faster. Just let it be or if you decide to sue someone expect it to come back around at one point...end of story.

5. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

money grab...hate this patent war s**t no matter who is doing the suing. Technically any company could sue any other company for some sort of infringing if they wanted to. They were waiting, foaming at the mouth for the day it was patented and logged a complaint the same day...

7. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Dont tell me ur an iTtorney

8. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

iTtorney: 1 an iLawyer; attorney-at-law. 2. an attorney-in-fact; agent, that will defend any Apple device even when there is nothing to defend, and in most cases the agent will say others [referring to anyone who doesn't like an iDevice] are drolling.

6. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

"What goes around, comes back around hay , you Apple.... there was, a time, when you, were busy suing Samsung... there was a time when I went like, hhhmm Apple, and then u showed your ass and then we saw the real you, thank god u blew, thank god i dodged the 4S, I'm so over Siri, good luck with the server..." LOL, just fooling around, or drollin as iFans would say. hehehehehe! Sue that Apple. Bite me.

9. Andy252

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

No biggie apple will just buy the company ..

14. doubleD

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

yeah, you gave them a whole 30 minutes to make a post otherwise they were hiding from it...

11. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

The patent number is 8,051,181 - you copied AppleInsider's mistake. Couldn't you tell that the number had to be wrong?

12. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

you guys bitch and moan about apple suing android based companies, calling it anti-competive and all other sorts of things but once a company sues apple, it magically alright now? lololol

15. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Its innovation :)

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you arent banning anyone you smelly troll. you dont have the power. and winning/losing a bet by something that isnt even in our control isnt you "banning" anyone either. there is no banning. just you talking out your ass like normal.

31. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Didn't know it was you doing the banning lol.. Self exile. Banning myself and that's only if you win sir :)

36. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

are you remix's second account? You two seem to post awful close to the same time.

40. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Kinda like you and your buddy. genius plan.. Both bet against you for the same goal. Genius. I post on breaks or during commercials maybe we have a similar schedule :)

42. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Remix IS one of the dumbest posters so I wouldn't be surprised if his second account makes the same bet.

68. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

nope, i dont need a second account. hey wheres your litte tacohelper account to have someone agree with you? havent seen u use it in a few days.. lol.

23. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You're a troll and a hypocrite. Don't you have some software to pirate?

27. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

What's the matter? My comments hit a little too close to home?

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