VirnetX won’t seem to go away, as far as it relates to Apple, in any case. Following the results of the latest court decision, Apple has taken further steps to put the patent dispute behind it.
According to a report published by Texas Lawyer, which was surfaced by AppleInsider, Apple has rallied against the closing arguments provided by Caldwell, Cassady & Curry, the law firm representing VirnetX, and has subsequently filed for mistrial saying that the lawyers’ remarks to the jury include “arguments outside the evidence and blatantly misrepresented the testimony of Apple’s witnesses.”
Apple’s decision to file for mistrial follows reports that the federal district court in East Texas had ordered Apple to pay VirnetX $625 million in damages due to a longstanding patent dispute between the two companies. Those patents were directly related to Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, that included technology used within Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime properties. Now, based on further hearings, the federal district court located in East Texas has made a ruling: Apple is ordered to pay $625 million in damages to VirnetX.
This case dates back to 2012, where VirnetX was originally awarded $368.2 million in damages from Apple. In 2014, that decision was tossed out of court, due to the verdict handed down being influenced by the instructions that were provided to the jury.
Whether or not Apple’s goal for a mistrial will work remain to be seen.