Apple Fined $502.8 Million as a Result of Lost Patent Lawsuit2 min read

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Apple has consistently lost one more lawsuit to VirnetX in trouble. The court ruled that Apple, one of the biggest companies in the technology world, violated the patent of VirnetX with its VPN on Demand feature.

Apple was ordered to pay $502.8 million to VirnetX, a patent troll (a company often abused, claiming patent infringement to win the case) that got into trouble with patent litigation and alleged copyright infringement.

VirnetX sued Apple 10 years ago. The reason why VirnetX, a US-based company, sued Apple, one of the largest companies in the world, was that it violated its technology and patent in FaceTime.

Another copyright lawsuit between Apple and VirnetX concluded

The court jury decided that Apple must pay royalties to VirnetX for its On-Demand VPN feature. VirnetX demanded $700 million from Apple, and then it was stated that it had to pay $113 million on a 19 cent royalty per unit basis. However, this unit was set at 84 cents by the jury.

Apple and VirnetX have faced court before. These two companies faced the On-Demand VPN feature last year and it was decided that Apple had to pay $503 million to VirnetX. Apple appealed the outcome of this lawsuit, and the court had decided that the damage had to be recalculated or the case had to be retried. There was a very small reduction in the amount reassessed by the jury.

We have mentioned that these two companies have come across many times before. One of them was in 2010. VirnetX claimed that Apple used patents on secure communications for free. As a result of the lawsuit, it was decided that Apple would pay 368 million dollars, but this payment was removed as a result of Apple’s appeal.

In 2016, it was decided that VirnetX should be paid $440 million by recalculating damage, interest, and court expenses. VirnetX earned $625.6 million in a lawsuit against Apple for infringing four of its patents that same year. Although the decision was appealed by Apple, the result remained unchanged.

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