12 April, 2018
VirnetX Holding Corporation-a Nevada company that many would dub a "patent troll" as it has no meaningful source of income outside of patent litigation-has won a $502.6 million judgement against Apple in a legal case that has dragged on since 2012.
Apple and VirnetX have been battling it out over the patents since 2010, when the latter accused the tech giant of violating its patents in the iPhone and other devices that use FaceTime and iMessage. While there will nearly certainly be jubilation at the ruling, Apple has a history of appealing. Later on, the company was ordered by the district court to pay more than United States dollars 400 million as damages to the patent-holding company VirnetX for copyright violations.
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Apple has lost in caught to VirnetX once again. Apple has been targeted by this twice over the last several years.
VirnetX is based in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, and it filed its suit in patent troll-friendly East Texas, a district where patent holders have had a higher chance of success in intellectual property cases until the Supreme Court cracked down on the practice previous year.
KitGuru Says: We have seen Apple on the opposite end of this in the past, with the case against Samsung being the most prolific example. Courts have sided with VirnetX in the past and previously awarded the company $302 million.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has ruled the patents invalid, which VirnetX is appealing.