Apple to pay US$368m for infringing patents in FaceTime

Karen Haslam
8 November, 2012
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Apple has to pay US$368.2 million to a company that owns patents it has utilised in FaceTime.

A jury yesterday ruled that Apple’s FaceTime technology has infringed patents owned by patent licensing firm VirnetX. VirnetX had originally sought $708 million in damages.

The four patents in question relate to secure access of virtual private networks. Apple denied infringing the patents and contends they’re invalid. Lawyer Danny Williams, representing Apple, told the jury: “VirnetX is not entitled to money for things they did not invent. The VirnetX technology, if used, is a small part of very large, complex products.”

However, lawyer Doug Cawley, representing VirnetX, said: “Apple says they don’t infringe. But Apple developers testified that they didn’t pay any attention to anyone’s patents when developing their system,” reports Bloomberg.

Earlier this year, Apple was in trouble for disrupting the testimony of one of its engineers in the patent dispute with VirnetX. Apple told its engineer to “zip it” when VirnetX’s questioning got tough.

VirnetX initially hit Apple with the FaceTime patent suit back in 2010.

VirnetX has also sued Microsoft, with VirnetX walking away with a US$200 million settlement in 2010 that dismissed a three-year-old lawsuit and a newer follow-up that added Windows 7 to a list of infringing products.

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