Jury awards VirnetX $302.4 million in the never-ending patent battle against Apple

Jury awards VirnetX $302.4 million in the never-ending patent battle against Apple
Back in 2010, IP portfolio holding company VirnetX sued Apple claiming that the tech titan used its patented internet security technology without permission. The feature that Apple used four unlicensed patents for was FaceTime. Apple employed the four patents to establish a secure link between two iPhone units, allowing for a video chat to take place. The jury awarded VirnetX $368 million.

Apple's defense was that the patented technology that it used for FaceTime represented a very small part of a complex system. But that defense didn't work during the original trial. Still, Apple caught a break when an appeals court judge overturned the verdict, stating that the trial judge gave incorrect instructions to the jury.

Remanded back to lower court, the original case was combined with a second suit filed by VirnetX that covered what were new iPhone models at the time of the filing, such as the Apple iPhone 5 (the U.S. legal system runs slowly). As a result, in August 2015, VirnetX won both suits resulting in a $625.6 million damage award against Apple. But that award was also overturned as an appeals court ruled that jurors could easily have been confused (as you probably are just about now). A new trial was started covering damages on two patents Apple was already found to have infringed on. And for two other patents, the jury had to decide if there was infringement and if so, the amount of the damages. Yesterday, the jury made its decision and awarded VirnetX $302 million in damages as Apple was found to have infringed on the two patents that had not been ruled on previously.

Apple could be forced to pay additional damages if the court finds that the company willfully infringed on the patents. And once again, another trial looms as a jury will determine if Apple infringed on VirnetX patents with its newer security features and the iMessages app.

source: Reuters

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108 Comments

1. IT-Engineer

Posts: 535; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Karma is a bi..h

19. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

So happy the Pos Apple lost the case, and know paying up. Lmao.

33. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

They claim it's way too much but weren't they the ones that wanted a Billion for rounded corners? Talk about eating your own words.

101. currator

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 23, 2016

And to wonder about all the times they settled out of court or made agreements after infringing on a patent. I know Apple is not the only company who has had issues with patent infringement but as like one of the wealthiest on the planet this should be a non issue and happen no where near the amount of times it does. Maybe if the fine for willfully infringing on a single patent was 1 billion dollars companies would stop stealing. Just a thought from a nobody

2. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple living in the world they created.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's only a matter of time before Shamesung is sued for the exploding Note 7.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

Deflection at its finest.

55. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Ignorance at its finest.

57. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, you are ignorance at its finest.

59. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes, you are a shill.

62. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

Pot, meet kettle. Again.

65. Mxyzptlk unregistered

#You'reDone

68. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

And you're lame.

74. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

With his lame 12 year old replies

84. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're a hypocrite.

95. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

NO ONE on this site is more of a hypocrite than you.

104. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Thank you for proving my point.

106. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

No problem. Anytime, when he's involved.

86. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's what she said about you.

94. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

Still with the lame comebacks.

76. iC-118

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

Yes you are an apple fanatic.

85. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm no different than turdkord or the BlackBerry guy whom you guys seem to have no problem with.

96. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're much worse, because you troll other OS's that aren't Apple created. The fact that you refuse to admit it (even though you admitted to your trolling of other OS's) while expecting people to actually believe what you're saying makes it even worse.

105. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Actually I made him admit that he's talking through his rear end in the past.

73. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's all he's got. He was very happy when Apple sued Samsung, but now that Apple is being shown to be thieves and copiers, he's seething with rage.

78. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. I can often feel his pain and anger through my tablet screen.

83. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think I want to know, creep.

97. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

Want to know what? Stop posting gibberish.

82. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh I'm not seething at all, tedkord. On the contrary, I actually don't give a crap. I just like to call out the drones who like to contradict themselves, you being one of them.

89. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Your irony is sooooooooooooooo thick. You're not fooling anyone. Samsung makes you furious, and it's because they're leading right now.

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