Apple has been ordered to pay $502.8 million to patent troll VirnetX as per a jury’s ruling in Texas.
VirnetX had dragged Apple to over a decade in the past for infringing its patents and know-how in FaceTime.
The jury was to resolve the damages Apple needed to pay to VirnetX in royalties for VPN on Demand characteristic. VirnetX had demanded $700 million from Apple, whereas the latter argued that it ought to solely pay $113 million primarily based on the royalty price of 19 cents per unit. Nonetheless, the jury selected a price of 84 cents per unit which
Apple and VirnetX are concerned in two separate patent battles. Final yr, the case for royalties for the VPN on Demand characteristic was awarded to VirnetX with Apple asked to pay $503 million. Nonetheless, Apple appealed the choice and the courtroom ruling acknowledged that the damages have to be recalculated or a brand new trial needs to be held. Sadly for Apple, the revised quantity from the jury is simply barely decrease than what the courtroom order had initially ordered it to pay final yr.
Apple vs. VirnetX: The Historical past
VirnetX had initially filed a lawsuit towards Apple in 2010 for infringing upon safe communications-related patents with out paying for them. In 2012, the Nevada-based agency was awarded $368 million in damages. These damages had been, nevertheless, thrown out two years later after the Cupertino-headquartered firm filed for an enchantment.
In 2016, the IP agency was awarded $440 million after calculating damages, curiosity, and authorized prices. The iPhone maker was additionally denied from turning apart the courtroom’s ruling. The identical yr, VirnetX gained one other patent lawsuit towards Apple, and the latter was ordered to pay $625.6 million for violating 4 patents. The iPhone maker had vowed to enchantment towards the ruling. Nonetheless, it misplaced the enchantment earlier in January this yr to have the patent judgment put aside.
In April, VirnetX was awarded $502.6 million towards Apple after a federal jury in Texas discovered Apple infringing upon the previous firm’s patents with out paying for them.