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All Apple fans have heard of and used FaceTime. It is a great way to communicate via video with family and friends. Unfortunately for Apple, it is time to face the verdict now that a jury has awarded damages to security software company VirnetX.

Apple is no stranger to patent infringement court cases. In fact, on May 2nd 2014, Apple won a case against Samsung for patent infringement on the iPhone Patents. Apple was seeking a total of $2.2 billion in damages but was awarded $930 million which reduced to $119.6 million.



In this latest patent infringement case, Apple is on the other side of the favorable verdict.  According to CNET, on Friday, a Texas jury found Apple guilty of patent infringement. A company called VirnetX sued Apple for infringing patents that cover secure computer and mobile communications.  These patents involve technology that Apple uses in its FaceTime videoconferencing application, VPN and iMessage.
 
This was the third installment of three trials.  The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C., threw out the first case against Apple citing confusion over $368.2 million in damages. The Tyler, Texas retrial of the VirnetX against Apple case was thrown out earlier this year. That case was centered around $625.6 million in damages. Friday’s third retrial found Apple guilty and awarded VirnetX $302.4 milion in damages.



VirnetX is an Internet security software and technology company that holds over 112 U.S. and international patents and more than 75 pending applications.  Apple is not the first company to have been sued by VirnetX over its patents.  Microsoft had to pay $200 million in a networking-patent violation case in 2010, and another $23 million to settle an expanded patent case in 2014.


Source: The Wall Street Journal





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