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Apple appealing verdict that ordered company to pay $439 million

by Danny Zepeda | October 17, 2017October 17, 2017 7:00 am PST

Apple is appealing a court ruling ordering it to pay $439.7 million for patent infringement to firm VirnetX.

The patents in question were used for Apple’s FaceTime video calling service. The ruling was made by the U.S. District Court, but Apple plans to appeal the court ruling according to The Verge.

Apple was first sued for this specific patent infringement back in 2012 by VirnetX, but has been battling it ever since. Multiple rulings have been made in the following years, including one that ordered Apple to pay up to $300 million, but the legal battle continued with appeals.

The $439.7 million is a figure Apple can easily pay, but it refuses to back down against frivolous lawsuits. VirnetX is a patent troll that makes money off of suing companies that infringe upon its patents and as well as licensing those patents. Big companies have come under fire from patent trolls in recent years that sue just to make a quick buck. Apple wants to see this particular suit through with the hopes of ending similar suits in the future.

Apple may also be waiting it out before VirnetX’s patents are thrown out. The US Patent and Trademark Offices struck down the validity of the four patents VirnetX is suing Apple for. Unfortunately, the patents still stand until VirnetX gets a chance to appeal the decision.

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Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...