Thursday February 04, 2016

Apple Ordered To Pay $625M In FaceTime Patent Lawsuit

A federal jury in Texas decided Apple must pay VirnetX Holding Corp. more than $625 million for using the patent licensing company's internet security technology without permission in FaceTime and iMessage. eek!

VirnetX has been a thorn in Apple's side (and a good chunk of the tech industry) for the better part of this decade. It first sued Apple in 2010 over the alleged use of virtual private network (VPN) patents in FaceTime video chats, and has been successful enough in court to wring hundreds of millions of dollars out of the folks in Cupertino. And today, it's striking again: a court has ordered Apple to pay $625 million dollars for purportedly using VirnetX's security tech in both FaceTime and iMessage. That's actually more than the $532 million VirnetX had wanted, and a huge windfall for a company that has little business outside of lawsuits (aka a patent troll).

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