Apple forced to pay troll


In February 2016, a second trial resulted in a $625 million verdict against Apple.

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.

A federal jury on Tuesday awarded Internet security company VirnetX hefty damages after Apple was found to have violated VirnetX patents related to secure communication in its FaceTime, iMessage, and VPN On Demand services.

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The case began way back in 2012 with four of VirnetX's patents (1, 2, 3, 4), which had originated at a company called Science Applications International Corporation, or SAIC. It isn't the first time a ruling in the case has gone against Apple. For VirnetX, the jury verdict in its favour could be a short-lived victory. We don't know if this decision will stick since the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has already invalidated the patents involved in this case far before the Texas court handed down the verdict. It has been determined that 400 million Apple devices that infringe the troll's patents have been sold. "Tell the truth and you don't have to worry about anything". Apple will likely not give in a pay up, so the battle will likely not end here. There have been multiple trials, most recently one involving earlier versions of the Apple devices.

VirnetX, who has neither created nor marketed a single tangible product, is now in the process of appealing the aforementioned PTAB ruling, implying that though they were previously invalidated, the firm's patents still remain valid in the eyes of the court until further notice.

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