APPLE'S LAWYERS are licking their wounds today after losing a long-running court case with patent holding firm VirnetX.
The VirnetX camp should be happy as that Larry guy. The company has been after this for some time, and is rather protective of its patent protected properties. The case has been back and forth through the courts, and all the while the poor patents have been piggy in the middle.
VirnetX is described at various times as a patent holder and a troll, and there are not many party poppers going off on Twitter about the $625m award that it has been given by the court.
That award, revealed by The Verge, came after a jury agreed with VirnetX's appeal for a huge chunk of Apple coin that dates back to a legal decision in 2012. This found that Apple was taking the patent piss when it comes to things like iMessage and Facetime.
Back then VirnetX was awarded $368.2m in damages, but this sum was later thrown out after an appeal by Apple's lawyers. As you will have worked out by now, VirnetX did not let things lie and redoubled its efforts to screw more out of Cupertino.
"We are pleased to have these extensive issues in the case resolved by the court. We look forward to presenting our case to a jury," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX president and chief executive, at the time.
The jury has since made its mind up and created a bump in the road for Apple investors.
There have been no celebratory comments from the official VirnetX camp so far, and no sad issuances from Cupertino either. µ
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