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Apple loses patent troll retrial, ordered to pay $302.3 million for patent infringement

By midian182 ยท 12 replies
Oct 3, 2016
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  1. It’s a sad fact that most large tech companies spend a lot of time and resources dealing with patent trolls. Being one of the biggest organizations in the world means that Apple faces more of these lawsuits than any other firm. Usually, the iPhone maker defeats the claims, but it's lost the latest battle; Apple has to pay more than $302 million in damages for infringing on patents in a case brought by VirnetX.

    Apple has been engaged in legal wranglings with VirnetX, which makes almost all of its money from patent licensing and lawsuits, since 2010. A court ruled in 2012 that Apple had infringed on VirnetX network patents with products such as FaceTime and iMessage, and was ordered to pay $368.2 million in damages.

    The Court of Appeals partially overturned that decision and ordered a new trial. In February this year, an East Texas court ordered Apple to pay VirnetX $625.6 million, but the ruling was voided after US District judge Robert Schroeder felt that combining two lawsuits (one over FaceTime and the other over VPN technology) into one trial created the "potential for juror confusion." He ruled that both cases needed to be trialed separately at a later date.

    In the latest trial, a jury had to determine damages on two VirnetX patents on which Apple has already been found to have infringed upon. It also had to rule on infringement and damages relating to two other patents. The $302.4 million award was a similar amount to what VirnetX had demanded.

    Apple could face paying out even more in damages if the court finds that it willfully infringed on the patents. It also has to deal with a second VirnetX lawsuit that claims patent violations in newer versions of Apple’s security features.

    Apple said it plans to appeal the latest verdict.

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  2. Hammayon

    Hammayon TS Booster Posts: 138   +48

    Sadly there are these crooks out there trying to collect money not just from companies but from people as well.
    I hate this the most about people. How they try to rip people off. What's worse is the justice system which contains loopholes allowing such atrocities to occur. It's not fair.
    roebling likes this.
  3. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Maniac Posts: 300   +178

    Like Apple hasn't been themselves trolling inventors and competitors in the past. It's to be expected when you have thousands of patents.
    Godel, Reehahs and ForgottenLegion like this.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Unfair or not, that's life. The world isn't full of good, decent people, quite the opposite in fact, and it'll never change.
  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,219   +1,657

    I'm no fan of Apple but I really can't stand patent trolls. I hope Apple can win this.
    wizardB, bmw95 and 9Nails like this.
  6. Trevor Z

    Trevor Z TS Rookie

    So VirnetX is the Zynga of the patent world, interesting.
    wizardB likes this.
  7. Stanick

    Stanick TS Rookie

    Sorry but Apple themselves are patent trolls (patenting round edges and bag handles)... don't forget Samsung paid Apple 1 billion dollars for infringing their "round edges" patent... so what goes around come around.
    wizardB, JohnMoser, Reehahs and 5 others like this.
  8. Ultraman1966

    Ultraman1966 TS Booster Posts: 121   +25

    This looks like karma to me.
    wizardB and JohnMoser like this.
  9. skipmichael

    skipmichael TS Enthusiast Posts: 46   +19

    Live by the sword...die by the sword. Karma can sometimes be a *****.
    wizardB and JohnMoser like this.
  10. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,473   +1,046

    As much as I am amused to see this karma play out, I do NOT want to see Apple feed the trolls and potentially set a precedence...
    wizardB likes this.
  11. I just laugh. Apple sued everyone for infringement trying to play the holier then thou card . Now they get sued and I should feel bad? Like them suing for people having rounded corner's? Whatever...
    wizardB and JohnMoser like this.
  12. commanderasus

    commanderasus TS Addict Posts: 225   +98

    Don't bite off more than you can chew comes to mind in this case.
  13. Godel

    Godel TS Addict Posts: 180   +92

    At least they fought the case, instead of just handing over the cash as "go-away" money.

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