Apple Owes VirnetX $502M for Patent Infringements

12 April, 2018, 00:52 | Author: Larry Hoffman
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Apple has lost the latest round of a patent dispute over secure messaging features in its apps that could see the company forced to pay $502m (£354m) in the another twist in an eight year legal battle.

Bloomberg reports that that the jury reported that found Apple to be infringing upon four patents related to secure communications.

The legal battle started in 2010 and had bounced between courts and trials.

As Ars has previously reported, VirnetX had won three separate jury trials against Apple, all in the Eastern District of Texas, a longtime hotspot for patent-holding companies seeking to sue tech companies.

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It's a huge win for VirnetX, which exists mainly to attempt to hoard patents it has no intention of ever using, and then find companies to which it can license those technologies. While there will nearly certainly be jubilation at the ruling, Apple has a history of appealing.

VirnetX's stock rose as much as 44 percent on the news in after hours trading. As a result, Apple has been ordered to pay damages to the tune of $502.6 million.

In 2017 however, Apple filed an appeal against the USA district court verdict, though it lost the case.

"The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has said the patents are invalid, in cases that are now before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, "Bloomberg reported".

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In a statement to Bloomberg, VirnetX CEO Kendall Larsen called the damages amount "fair".

The evidence was clear.

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has ruled the patents invalid, which VirnetX is appealing.

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