Apple Ordered To Pay $502.6 Mln To VirnetX In Patent Fight

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Apple has been ordered by a federal jury in Eastern Texas to pay VirnetX, known widely as a patent troll, total amount of $502.6 million in damages.

Bloomberg reports that that the jury reported that found Apple to be infringing upon four patents related to secure communications. Currently, both the firms have locked horns and are in a legal battle since 2010. VirnetX claimed that features in Apple's FaceTime, VPN on Demand, and iMessage infringes upon these patents. The case isn't dead yet though, the U.S. legal system has plenty of room for additional appeals and Apple is exploring those options already. The case seemed to have been filed again in 2012 and was won by the patent troll, after which Apple had to pay almost Dollars 368 million. 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. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has said the patents are invalid, in cases that are now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington.

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Apple has been dealt what may be a short-lived blow in a long-fought battle with VirnetX.

It's a huge win for VirnetX, which exists mainly to attempt to hoard patents it has no intention of ever using, and then find companies to which it can license those technologies. This time around, there again reportedly seemed to be no successful streak for the company.

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The Federal Circuit, which handles all patent appeals, declined to put this trial on hold, saying it was so far along that a verdict would come before a final validity decision.

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