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  • Apple ordered to pay $625 million in FaceTime patent lawsuit


    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).

    Apple says that it's going to appeal. It's "surprised and disappointed" by the decision, especially since it notes that the four patents at stake have been declared invalid. It also maintains that it "independently designed the technology over many years."

    Not that the company is going to be sweating bullets if the verdict sticks, mind you. As of the fourth quarter, Apple has a whopping $216 billion in the bank -- it could pay VirnetX without so much as sneezing. Instead, it's more likely interested in both setting things right and discouraging other would-be profiteers that might be tempted to file lawsuits of their own.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple ordered to pay $625 million in FaceTime patent lawsuit started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Damn...that's a lot of money! Not to Apple of course but for the rest of the world it is, and all for a patent!
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Apple filed lawsuit for square shape with rounded corners...
      Yeah, Apple have no right to say anything.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Apple filed lawsuit for square shape with rounded corners...
      Yeah, Apple have no right to say anything.
      Exactly. That was more stupid that "my coffee is hot" lawsuit.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      Exactly. That was more stupid that "my coffee is hot" lawsuit.
      The coffee was hot wasn’t really a stupid lawsuit though to be honest.