Apple loses patent retrial, owes $302.4 million to VirnetX – CNET
Apple has been ordered to pay $302.4 million to the patent holding and security software company VirnetX for infringing patents covering secure computer and mobile communications.
A jury in Tyler, Texas, found Friday that Apple infringed on two patents related to its FaceTime videoconferencing application. The award also includes damages for infringement of VirnetX technology in Virtual Private Network on Demand.
The verdict was the result of the third trial filed since 2010 against Apple by VirnetX, a company that makes most of its money from licensing patented technology that creates virtual private networks over the internet.
A verdict in February ordered Apple to pay VirnetX $625.6 million in damages after two lawsuits were combined. But in August, a federal judge voided the verdict, saying that combining two lawsuits into a single trial confused the jurors and was unfair to Apple. He ruled that both cases needed to be tried separately.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and VirnetX could not be reached for comment.