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Apple forced to pay troll

by on11 April 2018

VirnetX dispute enters the eighth year

An eight year court battle between Apple and a patent troll has entered its eighth year with a federal court in Texas ordering Apple to pay $502.6 million to a patent troll called VirnetX.

VirnetX claimed that Apple's FaceTime, VPN on Demand and iMessage features infringe four patents related to secure communications, claims that Apple denied,

The dispute has bounced between the district court, patent office and Federal Circuit since 2010. There have been multiple trials, most recently one involving earlier versions of the Apple devices. A jury in that case awarded $302 million that a judge later increased to $439.7 million.

Kendall Larsen, CEO of VirnetX, said the damages, which were based on sales of more than 400 million Apple devices, were "fair" and "The evidence was clear".

Larsen said after the verdict was announced. "Tell the truth and you don't have to worry about anything." For VirnetX, the jury verdict in its favour could be a short-lived victory.

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has said the patents are invalid, in cases that are currently before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington. The Federal Circuit, which handles all patent appeals, declined to put this trial on hold, saying it was so far along that a verdict would come before a final validity decision.

Last modified on 11 April 2018
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