Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Apple Ordered To Pay $502.6 Mln To VirnetX In Patent Fight

Apple Ordered To Pay $502.6 Mln To VirnetX In Patent Fight

VirnetX is a patent-assertion entity, meaning its entire business model rests exclusively on suing companies that actually develop and sell products based on arcane patent infringement laws and loose interpretations of intellectual property regulations.

Apple has been ordered to pay $502.6 million in damages after a federal jury in Eastern Texas found that the company had violated patents owned by VirnetX. Since that time, there have been numerous trials and appeals. A jury in that case awarded $302 million that a judge later increased to $439.7 million. It seems the longer Apple fights the higher the cost. Apple has been targeted by this twice over the last several years. Microsoft settled and paid the company a total of $223 million. Apple will likely not give in a pay up, so the battle will likely not end here.

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The case is now being reviewed by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, which will determine whether or not VirnetX's patents are actually invalid.

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. Even so, there was still a major difference there, Apple and Samsung both use their patents in products that they make and sell, while VirtnetX focuses on court cases to bring in revenue.

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But if that ruling stands, the newest victory will be short-lived.

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