VirnetXHolding Corp will receive U.S. $ 368.2 million after a federal jury declared melanggat Apple Inc patents for 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, iPod 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, an attorney in Dallas Mc Kool Smith 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 to block further use of its invention. 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, and iPad. The company is located in Cupertino, California that claims to use a different technology than what is covered by patents VirnetX. “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 so big, it’s 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.