Apple is ordered to pay VirnetX a final judgment of $440 million for patent infringement

Apple is ordered to pay VirnetX a final judgment of $440 million for patent infringement
Over the years, Apple and VirnetX have battled each other in court over patents used by Apple to produce iOS features like FaceTime and iMessage. The legal battle began in 2010 when IP Holding Company (some would say patent troll) VirnetX accused Apple of using its patents without licensing them. Over the years, more iPhone models were added to the complaint and last year a jury awarded VirnetX $302.4 million.

Today, VirnetX announced that on September 29th, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division entered a Final Judgment in relation to post-trial motions that were filed after last year's ruling. The court gave VirnetX a clean sweep; all of Apple's motions were denied and all of the Holding' Company's motions were granted. As a result, the royalty rate was increased by 50%, adding $41.2 million to the previous award. Toss in another $96 million in attorney fees and interest, and the Final Judgment against Apple now comes to $439,727,418. That includes the jury verdict, willful infringement, interest, costs and attorney fees.


Apple says that it plans to appeal the verdict.

source: VirnetX via CNET

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20 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Dayummm! I should have just taken Law. That moolah.

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Apple is having another taste of it's medicine. Real funny.

4. fyah_king unregistered

So true.lol

6. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2361; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Only if you’re practicing corporate law and happen to work for a firm that is representing these companies. And even then the partner of the law firm will get the bulk of whatever money comes out of it.

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

But still, $440M portioned is still a big amount.

10. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Haaaahaaaa @ Apple Sent from my iPhone

3. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

couldn't believe a company that legally patents everythin before submitting to the end user...! Aweful act what apple said and sued samsung even Apple did it...

5. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

and iphonies still believe apple is innocent and is an innovator LOL

15. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

You should google the company VirnetX. Their board of directors are made up of mostly business degree holders and lawyers. There is only guy in the their management team who has a degree in electricial engineer. Their entire business portfolio is made up of technology patents with no real products. So it is safe to say they are Real Patent Trolls

7. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2188; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Drop in the hat for Apple...

17. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Should that be the pint though? They always have been thieves. Always stealing and never wanting to pay. Which is why Qualcomm i suing them. Since they have the money to pay and can afford to pay, they don't need to steal. Now they are paying more than it would have cost them to license. If it was my patent, Apple wouldn't have to worry about stealing. I'd call Tim Cook and tell him, you have 24 hours to cut me a check for "X" amount. If you don't you are gonna suffer some terrible consequences.

8. airoid

Posts: 128; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

Attorney fees = 96 mils. Parents should encourage their kids to become lawyers.

11. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Donald Trump won't veto this I believe =D

18. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

No he will not. He is stupid like Obama was.

12. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Lol, funny how the author refers to anyone suing the divine fruity as a patent troll, but when it's the divine fruity suing others for things they've clearly stolen (be it shapes, rounded corners, slide to unlock, etc.), they're not considered a patent troll...

13. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Exactly my point!

14. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Nice ...

16. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

More than Apple got from Samsung. That's karma for ya.

19. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Well as they say "what goes around comes around" or "what a man sows he reaps"

20. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

yet everything apple comes up with is original and all the other companies are stealing their ideas. Sounds like its the other way around yet again.

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