There’s a new development in a decades old lawsuit after a jury in Tyler, Texas, ordered Apple to pay $502.8 million in royalties for infringing on VirnetX‘s patented digital non-public community (VPN), in keeping with a Cult of Mac report.
The unique lawsuit, filed Aug. 11, 2010, alleged that Apple’s FaceTime and VPN On Demand options have been utilizing its patented know-how. Over time, VirnetX gained varied financial awards, all of which have been appealed by Apple, the report said.
Initially, Nevada-based VirnetX was asking for about $700 million in royalties. Apple, nevertheless, was trying to pay not more than $113 million, the report said.
VirnetX has had success within the courts, having beforehand gained infringement lawsuits towards Microsoft, Cisco, Avaya and Siemens, in keeping with the report. VirnetX’s tendency to pursue patent lawsuits has earned it the nickname of “patent troll.” Critics have charged that the corporate’s important goal is to sue massive firms for infringing on patents that it owns.
VirnetX, for its half, addressed the “troll” accusation head-on in an organization blog post that defined how its know-how “made a real contribution to U.S. nationwide safety.”
“On 4 separate events … our 4 key patents and all patent claims in these trials have been judged legitimate and enforceable,” the submit said. “As well as, in two of the trials, the infringement of those self same 4 patents was discovered to be willful.”
A lawsuit made public in June alleged that VirnetX CEO Kendall Larsen and different administrators breached their fiduciary obligation to VirnetX. Stockholder Neal Hurwitz, who filed the go well with, additionally filed a criticism accusing VirnetX of misdeeds and in search of entry to firm information.
As a tech firm valued in extra of $2 trillion, Apple can afford battling lawsuits. In its newest annual report launched on Sunday (Nov. 1), the tech large referred to the potential results of legal proceedings and international laws and the way these might affect its operations and monetary circumstances.