Apple ordered to pay $625 million in FaceTime patent lawsuit

Apple ordered to pay $625 million in FaceTime patent lawsuit

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VirnetX has been a thorn in Apple’s aspect (and an excellent chunk of the tech business) for the higher a part of this decade. It first sued Apple in 2010 over the alleged use of digital personal community (VPN) patents in FaceTime video chats, and has been profitable sufficient in courtroom to wring a whole lot of tens of millions of dollars out of the parents in Cupertino. And as we speak, it is hanging once more: a courtroom has ordered Apple to pay $625 million dollars for purportedly utilizing VirnetX’s safety tech in each FaceTime and iMessage. That is truly extra than the $532 million VirnetX had needed, and an enormous windfall for a corporation that has little enterprise outdoors of lawsuits (aka a patent troll).

Apple tells Engadget that it is going to attraction. It is “stunned and disenchanted” by the choice, particularly because it notes that the 4 patents at stake have been declared invalid. It additionally maintains that it “independently designed the know-how over a few years.”

Not that the corporate goes to be sweating bullets if the decision sticks, thoughts you. As of the fourth quarter, Apple has a whopping $216 billion within the financial institution — it might pay VirnetX with out a lot as sneezing. As an alternative, it is extra doubtless thinking about each setting issues proper and discouraging different would-be profiteers that is perhaps tempted to file lawsuits of their very own.

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