Apple made use of VirnetX’s (a patent licensing company) Internet security technology in its Facetime and iMessage features without permission. Hence, a federal jury in Texas on Wednesday ruled that the iPhone maker will be required to pay a fine of more than $625 million, says a report from Reuters.
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VirnetX originally demanded $532 million in the trial that began on Jan. 25 in Tyler, Tex. The jury ruled that Apple willfully infringed upon the technology.
“We are thankful for the jurors’ hard work and attention in this case, and for reaching a just verdict. The jury saw what we have been saying all along: Apple has been infringing VirnetX’s patented technology for years,” said VirnetX lawyer Jason Cassady.
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On the same day, Apple filed court papers asking U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder for a mistrial, claiming that during the closing arguments, VirnetX’s attorneys misled and confused the jury. When Schroeder will rule on Apple’s request is unknown for now.
This is the second court battle between Apple and VirnetX, and in the previous trial, the latter won $368 million in damages from the big fat firm. However, a U.S. appeals court later ruled that the jury had not calculated the award correctly and ordered a new trial.
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