Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Apple Ordered to Pay VirnetX $502.6 Million USD in Patent Dispute

Apple Ordered to Pay VirnetX $502.6 Million USD in Patent Dispute Apple Ordered to Pay VirnetX $502.6 Million USD in Patent Dispute
Sherri Watson | 11 April, 2018, 20:41

The eight-year-old (so far) legal battle between Apple and VirnetX has taken a new turn after a Texas federal court ordered the iPhone maker to pay $502.6 million to the company.

Apple is yet to comment on the case, but things are not necessarily clear cut for VirnetX; around 18 months ago, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board said that the patents were invalid. In 2012, Apple lost a $368.2 million lawsuit from VirnetX, though that verdict was later thrown out, paving the way for retrials and additional disputes. Courts have sided with VirnetX in the past and previously awarded the company $302 million. The case isn't dead yet though, the United States legal system has plenty of room for additional appeals and Apple is exploring those options already. Apple has been targeted by this twice over the last several years. The company has been in litigation with both Microsoft and Cisco. Originally, a court ordered Apple to pay out $625 million for misusing patents for these services, this was appealed, and while the amount has been reduced, Apple has still come out on the losing end. That's because PTAB believes VirnetX's patents are invalid even for cases now in progress.

Bloomberg notes, however, that this could be a short-lived victory for VirnetX. No final decision has been made on this matter, though, and therefore the Federal Circuit refused to delay Apple's case. It doesn't seem certain the company will ever see that $502.6 million payout, though.