Apple ordered to pay VirnetX $502m in latest twist

Patent licensor VirnetX Holding Corp. won $502.6 million against Apple after a federal jury in Texas said Apple was infringing patents for secure communications, Bloomberg reported.

The decision is just the latest development in a dispute that is now in its eighth year.

VirnetX’s stock rose as much as 44% on the news late on Tuesday.

VirnetX alleges that Apple’s FaceTime, VPN on Demand and iMessage features infringe four patents related to secure communications, claims that Apple denies.

Bloomberg reported that for VirnetX, the jury verdict in its favor could be a short-lived victory.

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has said the patents are invalid in cases that are currently before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington.

VirnetX later confirmed “that a jury in the United States Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, in the case VirnetX Inc., et al. v. Apple Inc … has awarded VirnetX $502.6 million in a verdict against Apple Corporation for infringing four VirnetX patents, marking the fourth time a federal jury has found that Apple has infringed VirnetX’s patented technology.”

VirnetX added: “The jury also found that Apple willfully infringed VirnetX’s patents.

“The verdict covers issues of infringement by Apple’s redesigned VOD (VPN on Demand) in iOS 7 to iOS 11, the redesigned FaceTime in iOS 7 to iOS 11 and OS X 10.9 and later.”

VirnetX CEO Kendall Larsen said: “We are extremely pleased with the jury’s verdict. We believe that by standing on truth and integrity the verdict is fair and appropriate.

“This is the fourth time a jury has confirmed that Apple has been using the technology developed by our inventors.”