VirnetX Holding Corp will receive U.S. $ 368.2 million after a federal jury declared Apple Inc. violated patents on a virtual private network technology used in the FaceTime video calling function belongs iPhone manufacturer.
VirnetX, which had won a settlement worth $ 200 million from Microsoft Corp. in 2010, accuses Apple of violating four patents related to the private network.
This case targeting Apple products the iPhone, iPad Touch and iPad and Mac computers that use the FaceTime service. Apple denies breaking his opponent’s patents and patent found invalid.
VirnetX’s patent that covers the use of the domain name service to create a virtual private network, with which website owners can safely interact with customers or employees can work at home and get access to the company’s electronic file. VirnetX originally requested damages U.S. $ 708 million.
“For years, Apple refused to pay fair value for the patents owned by VirnetX,” said Doug Cawley, a lawyer McKool Smith in Dallas representing VirnetX, as quoted by Bloomberg.
“Apple said they do not break. However, Apple developers testified that they did not pay attention to anyone’s patent when developing their system. “
After the verdict, said Cawley, VirnetX will request the user to block further discovery. Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple, said the company had no comment.
Focus of the lawsuit is on Apple’s FaceTime application, which lets people use a Mac computer to make video calls to iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.
Companies based in Cupertino, California that claims to use a different technology than what is covered by VirnetX’s patents.
“Apple does not owe money to VirnetX,” said Danny Williams, a lawyer from Williams, Morgan & Amerson in Houston who represents Apple.
“VirnetX is not entitled to the money for things that are not their invention. VirnetX technology, if used, is a small part of something really big yag, these complex products, “he told the jury.
This case has received so much attention. U.S. District Judge Leonard Davis ordered the parties on October 19 to tell them to stop calling investors courts. He said his office received more than 10 phone calls per day.