Menu
Apple hit with US$626 million damages in patent case

Apple hit with US$626 million damages in patent case

A jury in the Eastern District of Texas found for patent licensing company Virnet X

A jury in Texas has decided Apple must pay US$626 million for infringing four patents held by a Nevada-based patent licensing company.

The patents cover technology used in Apple's VPN on Demand software back to 2009, its FaceTime messaging system back to 2010, and its iMessage software.

The trial follows one in 2012 in which Apple was found to infringe on Virnet X patents but managed to overturn the verdict on appeal.

On Wednesday, a jury in the Eastern District of Texas found for VirnetX and against Apple on all counts, going on to find the infringement was willful -- a legal finding that can greatly increase damages.

The Eastern District court is a popular place for patent infringement lawsuits and has earned a reputation as somewhere that favors patent holders in such disputes.

Apple has already asked the judge to declare a mistrial after lawyers for VirnetX made what Apple called "arguments outside the evidence, blatantly misrepresenting the testimony of Apple witnesses."

Those statements "served to confuse, mislead, and inflame the jury, to render a verdict not based on the record."

Both VirnetX and Apple did not respond to requests for comment.

The four patents at the heart of the case were U.S. Patents 6,502,135; 7,490,151; 7,418,504 and 7,921,211.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Apple

Featured

Slideshows

Channel celebrates as HP marks 50 years in NZ

Channel celebrates as HP marks 50 years in NZ

HP marked 50 years in New Zealand at an event in the vendor's Auckland's headquarters last night, with a host of key channel figures coming along to celebrate. Photos by HP.

Channel celebrates as HP marks 50 years in NZ
EDGE 2017 - Icebreaker Sessions round 2

EDGE 2017 - Icebreaker Sessions round 2

EDGE guests experience the value of networking at the second round of Icebreaker sessions.. Photos by Maria Stefina

EDGE 2017 - Icebreaker Sessions round 2
Show Comments