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Apple to pay patent troll $625 million over FaceTime, iMessage violations

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 06 Feb 2016 15:56 User comments (1)

Apple to pay patent troll $625 million over FaceTime, iMessage violations A court has ruled that Apple must pay $625 million to VirnetX, a publicly traded patent troll, over infringement of multiple intellectual properties.
The jury ruled unanimously against Apple, agreeing on all counts that Apple had infringed communications protocol patents in its FaceTime, VPN on Demand, and iMessage services.

VirnetX had sued Apple back in 2012 over the same patents, winning $368 million before the decision was overturned by an appellate court. Apple redesigned FaceTime but VirnetX sued again last year, increasing the damages figures because Apple continues to use the protocols.

As with all cases of this magnitude, Apple is likely to appeal the most recent ruling.

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110.2.2016 4:36

Will they be paying regular licensing fees too? I still feel Apple got off cheap. How stupid of Apple to go back and infringe again after having won in appeal!

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