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Virnetx files another lawsuit against Apple

Won round one, time for round two
Mon Nov 12 2012, 14:16
Gavel and money

TECHNOLOGY PATENT COMPANY Virnetx Holding Corporation has filed another complaint against Apple, just a week after it won $368.2m from Apple for VPN patent infringement in Facetime.

Virnetx has its eye on the Iphone 5, Ipod Touch, Ipad Mini, Ipad and Mac computers, and says that Apple has willfully infringed its patents.

"The complaint includes allegations of willful patent infringement regarding four patents owned by VirnetX, U.S. Patent Nos. 6,502,135, 7,418,504, 7,921,211 and 7,490,151. In its complaint, VirnetX seeks both damages and injunctive relief, it said in a statement.

"The accused products include the Iphone 5, Ipod Touch 5th Generation, Ipad 4th Generation, Ipad Mini, and the latest Macintosh computers. Due to their release dates, these products were not included in the previous lawsuit that concluded with a Jury verdict on November 6, 2012."

Apple has not commented on the new lawsuit filing yet, and it didn't when its first dance with Virnetx ended.

Then though, lawyers working for Virnetx were pretty clear about what they thought of Apple's opinion of patents and whether it respected them or not.

"Apple says they don't infringe [Virnetx's patents]," said the firm's lawyer, Doug Cawley. "But Apple developers testified that they didn't pay any attention to anyone's patents when developing their system."

Apple, no stranger to patent arguments, had its lawyers sitting atop a high horse in court and accused its rival of worrying it over trifles.

"Virnetx is not entitled to money for things they did not invent," said its lawyer. "The Virnetx technology, if used, is a small part of very large, complex products."

And yes, that is the same Apple that holds a patent on a rectangle with rounded corners. µ


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