Damages awarded against Apple for FaceTime patent infringement iWatering

After much back and forth, Apple have hit by a massive damages order in respect of the infringement of 4 patents in the US.

VirnetX Holding Corporation first filed a claim against Apple in 2010, following with a subsequent claim in 2012 relating to newer Apple technology, claiming that Apple’s devices infringed four patents, in the development of apps such as FaceTime and iMessage.

Apple denied the allegations and the matter went to trial.

The claims were initially heard in 2012, which saw an award of $368.2 million against Apple for infringement.

However, the US Court of Appeal ordered that a new trial should be heard, as the jury was found to have been instructed incorrectly.

In February 2016, the two claims filed were combined into one suit and an award of $625 million of damages was awarded against Apple.

This was appealed by Apple who accused VirnetX’s representative of making an attempt to confuse and mislead the jury.

Another new trial was agreed, and the matter was again split into two.

The first claim was heard again in October 2016, which resulted in a ruling that Apple had infringed US patents 7,418,504 and 7,921,211. The court awarded $302.4 million to VirnetX.

The second trial was concluded last week in which the jury agreed on an award of $502.6 million to VirnetX having found that Apple infringed US patent numbers 6,502,135 6,839,759 7,188,180 and 7,490,151.

Yet again Apple have been highlighted for not acting on the right side of the law in regard to patents, with massive consequences.

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