Appeals court refuses to overturn VirnetX's $440 million damages award against Apple

Appeals court refuses to overturn VirnetX's $440 million damages award against Apple
While Apple was able to get a German court to toss a second patent infringement suit filed against it in the country by Qualcomm, the company wasn't so lucky with an appeals court in the states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today, refused to overturn a jury verdict from 2016. The jury had originally found Apple liable of infringing on patents owned by IP holding company VirnetX, and awarded the latter $302 million.

After increasing the royalty rate Apple owed by 50%, throwing in attorney's fees and interest, a final judgment was entered against Apple in the amount of $439,727,418 in October 2017. Apple said in a statement that it was disappointed in the ruling, and plans on appealing. The decision was announced today by VirnetX (via Reuters).

The battle between VirnetX and Apple dates back to 2010, and deals with patents for iOS features like FaceTime and iMessage that Apple allegedly used without a license. Meanwhile, an administrative court has ruled that VirnetX's patent claims are invalid, but the holding company is appealing that decision.



1. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 624; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Geez took them 8+ yrs to get apple to pay up...

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They still aren't, they're going to appeal as far as they can to bleed the competition. Wonder how the Apple apologists will spin this one and then try to justify Apple not paying QC either?

3. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 624; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Only way to stay the world's richest company


Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

A typical iFan will be like well we all know that the reason VirnetX is suing Apple is because "They copied Apple", that's why they have patent issues with Apple

6. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Pay up.

8. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Very funny comment section. Not a single Apple fan has defended Apple "in this case" but haters are simply making fun of Apple fans. And then there are some who want to mix this with QC case. Well, Apple will end up paying money "in this case" and QC will end up losing the "FTC case". Apple fans and Android fans won't care but I only see the haters crying in the end.

11. KakashiHatake4444

Posts: 79; Member since: Jul 30, 2018

Another bite outta the Apple.... Lol... The other side is balanced with that bite

12. shm224

Posts: 317; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

couldn't happen to more deserving company. I guess there is no Obama in the whitehouse to reverse the ruling in Apple's favor.

16. smoked_2na unregistered

I think the patent had to do with after Apple servers would broker a Facetime connection the patent would create a peer-to-peer connection and Apple would step out of the way. The idea is that if the two Facetime users are close, peer-to-peer would be quicker than Apple playing man in the middle. Initially Apple said the software was trivial and they didn't need it . The result was Apple went back to being man in the middle and Factime video quality is now poor.

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