Apple Loses Appeal in VirnetX Dispute, Could Owe Over $1.1 Billion

Apple has not been successful in reducing the amount of money that it owes VirnetX in patent infringement fees, with the Cupertino company today losing an appeal that would have vacated or reduced a $502.8 million award.

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According to Reuters, a federal judge today denied Apple's request for a new trial and claims that the award should not exceed $113.7 million.

Apple must pay the original $502.8 million that was awarded to VirnetX in October 2020, and combined with a prior $454 million award, the payments, future royalties, and interest could result in Apple paying VirnetX more than $1.1 billion.

Jurors in both of the lawsuits that VirnetX levied against Apple ruled in favor of VirnetX and said that Apple's FaceTime, iMessage, and VPN on Demand features had infringed on VirnetX patents related to communications security.

Going forward, Apple will need to pay 84 cents per iPhone or iPad for future infringements, which is more than Apple wanted to pay. Apple claimed future royalties should be zero or no more than 19 cents per unit.

The legal battle between the two companies has spanned more than 10 years, having first kicked off in 2010.

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Top Rated Comments

farewelwilliams Avatar
46 months ago
this patent troll is the reason why you don't get open FaceTime.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
polaris20 Avatar
46 months ago
What product was it that VirnetX released this year? Last year? Oh that's right......nothing, just a crappy app to say “here, we made something, see?”

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Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jav6454 Avatar
46 months ago
Patent laws need to be heavily amended. No one should be pray to patent trolls.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Surfer13134 Avatar
46 months ago
In the end it's only going to hurt us the consumer. Apple is going to have to recoup that money somehow.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
temna Avatar
46 months ago

Maybe they should just go ahead and buy the company.
Never reward bad behavior. Apple needs to fight more against paying one red cent to ANY patent troll. If you are not actually using a patent for a product, you shouldn’t be paid for the patent.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
shenfrey Avatar
46 months ago
They will find that down the Apple Couch.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)