Apple Ordered to Pay VirnetX $502.6 Million USD in Patent Dispute

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According to Bloomberg, which earlier reported on the verdict, VirnetX is entitled to $502.6 million in damages for the alleged infringement. A federal jury in East Texas has found that Apple is guilty of infringing secure communications patents belonging to VirnetX Holding Corp., a notorious patent troll that has been battling Apple in court for almost eight years now.

The case began way back in 2012 with four of VirnetX's patents (1, 2, 3, 4), which had originated at a company called Science Applications International Corporation, or SAIC. Currently, both the firms have locked horns and are in a legal battle since 2010. The two companies have been battling it out in court over various patent cases for 8 years, the most recent case pertains to Apple's iMessenger and FaceTime technology. It's small change for Apple, but an important win for VirnetX.

VirnetX's stock rose as much as 44 percent on the news in after hours trading. While there will nearly certainly be jubilation at the ruling, Apple has a history of appealing. But if that ruling stands, the newest victory will be short-lived.

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In 2017 however, Apple filed an appeal against the US district court verdict, though it lost the case.

The case is now being reviewed by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, which will determine whether or not VirnetX's patents are actually invalid.

The Federal Circuit, which handles all patent appeals, declined to put this trial on hold, saying it was so far along that a verdict would come before a final validity decision.