A nearly ten-year-old litigation battle between Apple and VirnetX Holding Corp. has ended, with a federal jury in Texas ordering the Cupertino company to pay $502.6 million in damages. The dispute was over secure communications related to features found in FaceTime and iMessage.
According to The Verge, VirnetX’s entire business model is to sue companies “that actually develop and sell products based on arcane patent infringement laws.” The battle between Apple and VirnetX has waged since 2010, when Apple was accused of infringing on four of VirnetX’s patents.
Previously, Apple was ordered to pay $439.7 million to VirnetX over a similar dispute that began in 2012. Over the past several years, there have been multiple rulings, mistrials, and appeals, and the battle may not be over.
Notably, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board previously ruled the patents owned by VirnetX are invalid, a case that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington is currently reviewing.
After the verdict was announced, VirnetX CEO Kendall Larsen commented to Bloomberg, “The evidence was clear. Tell the truth and you don’t have to worry about anything.”