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Jury Rules Apple Owes VirnetX $368.2 Million For Patent Infringement Related to FaceTime

by Todd Haselton | November 7, 2012November 7, 2012 11:00 am PST

A federal jury recently ruled that Apple owes a firm named VirnetX $368.2 million for patent infringement. The Texas-based jury found that Apple’s FaceTime technology, which allows iOS and Mac users to chat using their FaceTime cameras, infringed on four patents related to how people can interact over virtual private networks, Bloomberg¬†explained.

“This victory further establishes the importance of our patent portfolio,” VirtneX CEO Kenall Larsen said. The company won a similar suit against Microsoft a few years ago for $200 million, but had originally sought as much as $708 million from Apple. The iPhone maker’s legal team didn’t agree with the jury’s ruling and said that Apple doesn’t owe VirnetX any money because the company’s technology, “if used, is a small part of very large, complex products.”

[via Bloomberg]


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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