Apple Ordered To Pay $302 Million in Damages to VirnetX For Patent Infringement

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Apple has been ordered to pay more than $302 million in damages to VirnetX for using its patented internet security technology in FaceTime without its permission.

It is yet to be determined if Apple willingly infringed VirnetX’s patent in which case the damage amount can be even higher. A separate trial will take place for the same.

The federal jury in Texas who passed the order had previously thrown out VirnetX’s $625.6 million win over Apple from a previous trial stating that the jurors might have been confused in the case.

The patent battle between VirnetX and Apple has been ongoing since 2010, with the former accusing Apple of infringing four of its patents related to secure networks.

The $302 million damage amount is related to two patents that have been confirmed to be infringed by Apple. It is still to be determined if Apple infringed on the other two patents of VirnetX as well along with the relevant damages.

VirnetX had previously received $23 million in patent infringement case from Microsoft in December 2014.

The four patents that VirnetX has used to sue Apple were deemed invalid by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month. However, the company will likely appeal the decision at the Federal Circuit until which the patents will remain valid for the court.

[Via Reuters]