Court tosses $503 million judgment against Apple

Court tosses $503 million judgment against Apple
According to Reuters, a decision made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit wiped out a $503 million jury award against Apple that was made in favor of VirnetX last year. Originally, Apple was found liable of infringing on four VirnetX patents, but the appeals court reversed the ruling on two of them while affirming the ruling on the other two. The case now goes back to a Texas judge who can compute a new damages figure or hold a trial solely to recalculate the damages. Apple can no longer challenge the validity of the patents since the courts have already adjudicated that issue.

Apple and VirnetX have been battling in courts since 2010 over various patent litigation initiated by VirnetX. The latter holds patents related to 4G LTE secure communications and virtual private networks. The case ruled on today by the Court of Appeals was decided by a jury back in April 2018 and they ruled that Apple's iMessage messaging app, its FaceTime video chat app and VPN On Demand infringed on four of VirnetX's patents.

VirnetX is a public company and the ruling was not considered to be good news by investors. The shares plunged over 34% after the appeals court ruling was announced. Apple's shares were not affected by the ruling; after all, $503 million is a drop in the bucket as far as the tech giant is concerned.

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7 Comments

1. nikhil23

Posts: 502; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

If it's a drop in bucket, then why are they dragging this issue for 9 years ?

2. yalokiy

Posts: 1113; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Why pay to a patent troll?

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Why pay full price for something when you can get it for half or even a quarter of the initial price? Even the very rich still buy items on sale. Also, in this case, the company that’s suing them literally makes less than $2 million a year in revenue. The majority of their revenue comes from patent litigation. Giving them more money means they have to power to file more lawsuits. They already had lawsuits against Microsoft and Oracle.

4. tbreezy

Posts: 192; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

It’s a lawyers game this, and also, you don’t just rollover when a patent troll comes for you, otherwise you will have the rest of them doing the same. Litigation is a crazy game and only the lawyers win in the end really.

5. RevolutionA

Posts: 498; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

For Apple this is nothing

6. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

If the case had been the other way around... And some company infringed on Apple's patent, we all know what the ruling would be. I own a iMac, but i download my music to my S8+... Next it will be to the next SG Note for 2020. iMac excellent iPhone average, Apple's greed and bullying disgust me!

12. User123456789

Posts: 1176; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Apple will never lose in USA.

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