Apple has been fighting it out in the courtrooms for the past few years over a patent infringement case leveled by VirnetX. The company claimed that Apple was infringing on some of its patents with FaceTime and iMessage.
After years of deliberation in the courtrooms, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, has awarded damages of $439.7 million to VirnetX, coming as a massive setback for Apple.
VirnetX announced that the court sided with it on all counts, while the damages have been increased by nearly $140 million since details were previously disclosed. Apple has since confirmed that it will appeal the ruling. Since its motions were rejected, Apple can still file for an appeal. Last year, Apple applied for a retrial of the case and subsequently lost.
Here’s an excerpt from VirnetX’s statement – “The Court granted all VirnetX’s motions; motion for willful infringement and enhanced the royalty rate during the willfulness period by 50 percent, from $1.20 to $1.80, awarding VirnetX enhanced damages in the amount of $41,271,364.80against Apple thereby, granting VirnetX a total sum of $343,699,314.80 in pre-interest damages.”
The court denied all of Apple’s motions, including motion for judgment as a matter of law of non-infringement, motion for judgment as a matter of law on damages, motion for a new trial on infringement, and motion for a new trial on damages.
The fact that the court has given the final judgment doesn’t necessarily mean that the matter has rested, especially since Apple is going to appeal the ruling again. It’s tough to tell how long this will stretch out, but by the looks of it, Apple doesn’t have a lot of time left.[Via TechCrunch]