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.

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16 Comments

1. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

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

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; 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: 574; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Only way to stay the world's richest company

4. KENNE

Posts: 21; 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

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 6090; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

"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" "Meanwhile, an administrative court has ruled that VirnetX's patent claims are invalid, but the holding company is appealing that decision." Something is wrong with US justice system when a court says something and another court says something totally different.

7. monkeyb

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Be careful. Although you only mention that something is wrong with the US justice system, haters on this site will bash you for "supporting Apple" even if you have not :)

9. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Nice try. /s

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 6090; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I don't give a f**k about the haters (I dealt so many times with this dumb asses, I can do it once more :D), I just speak my mind.

13. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I will Suport anybody I feel like. I will say what’s on my mind. I can give a s**t what anybody thinks. They have that right to. If everybody stoped the bulls**t then there would be no hate at all on here. Childish rants from imitate childish dips**ts that really don’t know s**t about anything but what has happened in the recent history

14. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

That’s how the court system works

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 6090; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That’s how a f**ked up court system works.

6. cncrim

Posts: 1530; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Pay up.

8. monkeyb

Posts: 357; 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: 70; Member since: Jul 30, 2018

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

12. shm224

Posts: 207; 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

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 15, 2017

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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