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Apple protests VirnetX patent loss that could cost over $1 billion


2020-12-21 10:51:08


Apple has asked a US District judge to reduce the amount of damages it is required to pay VirnetX over a patent infringement, and argues that new claims will mean it being required to pay over $1 billion.

Following losing a patent infringement case brought by VirnetX, Apple has ask US Direct Judge Robert W. Schroeder III to reduce the amount it is required to pay. The company's request came during a video hearing in which VirnetX lawyers asked the court to add on at least $116 million in interest.

VirnetX also asked that Apple be required to pay 84 cents in royalties for each device sold that infringes on its patent relating to FaceTime and VPN. That figure was previously decided by jury trial, but VirnetX wants it to now also apply to any future infringing Apple products, whether or not they were specified in the case.

According to Bloomberg, during this latest hearing, Apple asked instead that the total it is required to pay VirnetX be cut over 75% to $113 million in total. Apple's position is that the jury which ruled against them had not been told that two of VirnetX's patents had been rendered invalid by the US Patent Office.

Apple reportedly also argued that if there should be any future royalty fee at all, it should be 19 cents per unit.


Author:William Gallagher


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