Apple ordered to pay $502.6 million in patent infringement case

Apple forced to pay troll

VirnetX is a patent-assertion entity, meaning its entire business model rests exclusively on suing companies that actually develop and sell products based on arcane patent infringement laws and loose interpretations of intellectual property regulations.

Incidentally, in the fourth quarter of past year, the U.S. District Court had ordered Apple Inc.to pay almost United States dollars 439.

A federal jury rules that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has to pay VirnetX (NYSEMKT:VHC) $502.6M due to patent infringement. Bloomberg reports that a grand jury found Apple guilty of infringing on patents related to secure communications. The case isn't dead yet though, the U.S. legal system has plenty of room for additional appeals and Apple is exploring those options already. It seems the longer Apple fights the higher the cost.

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KitGuru Says: We have seen Apple on the opposite end of this in the past, with the case against Samsung being the most prolific example. The company has been in litigation with both Microsoft and Cisco. However, there is one final ray of hope for Apple.

"The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has said the patents are invalid, in cases that are now before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, "Bloomberg reported". 7 million to VirnetX for encroaching on the patents of its four technologies apparently used in iOS applications as well as FaceTime.

Apple is yet to comment on the case, but things are not necessarily clear cut for VirnetX; around 18 months ago, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board said that the patents were invalid.

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