Apple Wins Appeals Battle in Ongoing Patent Infringement Struggle With VirnetX, May Save $502.8M

Apple has been embroiled in a patent battle with VirnetX for properly over a decade, and the corporate right this moment received an enchantment ruling that might in the end reserve it from having to pay VirnetX $502.8 million in patent infringement charges.

The US Circuit Courtroom of Appeals on Thursday upheld a ruling by the US Patent and Trademark Workplace invalidating two patents that VirnetX utilized in its patent infringement lawsuit in opposition to Apple Reuters.

Apple was fined in 2020 to pay VirnetX $503 million for infringing on VPN patents owned by VirnetX with the iPhone’s VPN-on-demand characteristic. The 2 invalidated patents had been implicated on this lawsuit, and now Apple might reverse all the judgment.

Apple appealed the $502.8 million judgment after it was pronounced, with each Apple and VirnetX making arguments on enchantment again in September. VirnetX legal professional Jeff Lamken mentioned on the time that VirnetX “might have a giant downside” if the courtroom in the end sides with the USPTO and invalidates the patents within the patent validity case. He mentioned he didn’t suppose VirnetX would have “enforceable judgment” on this scenario, so this can be a giant win for Apple.

With the patents now invalidated, VirnetX and Apple will meet once more in courtroom to resolve the primary enchantment case Apple filed to find out whether or not Apple ought to pay, and it seems to be just like the ruling in amounting to US$502.8 million is discarded.

Whatever the final result of this case, Apple was pressured to pay VirnetX $440 million for violating VirnetX’s communications safety patents involving its FaceTime and iMessage options.

VirnetX is extensively seen as a patent holding firm or “patent troll” that doesn’t supply any precise services or products. It generates income by suing tech corporations that infringe on its patents, though it additionally markets its “Struggle Room” software program for authenticated conferences.

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