Apple must fork over $302.4 million in damages to VirnetX for infringement of two patents related to its FaceTime videoconferencing app, a federal jury has ruled.
Apple has declined to comment on the ruling, but VirnetX, not surprisingly, had a lot to say.
“We are extremely pleased with the jury verdict,” said VirnetX CEO Kendall Larsen. “This is the third time a jury has confirmed that Apple has been using the technology developed by our inventors.”
Apple has been fighting VirnetX, labelled by many as a patent troll, since 2010. A patent troll is a company that makes the majority of its money from suing other firms for patent infringement.
In February, a jury ruled Apple owed Nevada-based VirnetX $625.6 million for breaching patents linked to the iPhone maker’s FaceTime technology. In August, however, an appeal court vacated the ruling, saying the jurors had been confused by the details of the case.
Despite the latest ruling, the fight is not over. A jury must still decide if newer versions of Apple’s security features and iMessage violate VirnetX patents.
VirnetX has also successfully sued Microsoft, winning a one-time payment of $200 million for use of its technology in Microsoft products. But that didn’t stop VirnetX from again suing the software firm. Microsoft then agreed to pay an additional $23 million to expand its license and settle the dispute.
Other victims of VirnetX’s patent lawsuits include Cisco, Avaya and Siemens.
VirnetX was not successful in its bid to get damages out of Cisco but both Siemens and Avaya did agree to make multiple payments to VirnetX to license certain patents as well as make ongoing royalty payments for future sales until the expiration of the licensed patents.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.
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