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Apple ordered to pay $US368 million in patent case

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Apple has been ordered to pay $US368 million for patent infringement in its use of Facetime, an application that allows for video calls on mobile devices, the plaintiff said.

Security software firm VirnetX said in a statement the jury in a federal court in Texas ordered the payment "for infringing four VirnetX patents" and that the court will hear post-trial motions in the upcoming weeks.

"We are extremely pleased with the outcome of our suit with Apple," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX chief executive and president. "This victory further establishes the importance of our patent portfolio."

VirnetX alleged in its suit that Apple should have paid a licensing fee to use the technologies allowing for secure connections using Facetime.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

VirnetX had sued Apple, Cisco Systems and others in 2010 for patent infringement. It alleged Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch infringed on the patents, which allow a type of virtual private network for secure mobile video calls.

AFP

3 comments so far

  • Surely not!
    Theres no way Apple did that, it must have been a fandroid judge. Apple should take legal action against the judge as he used Apples patented iEnglish language to deliver this ridiculous verdict

    Commenter
    Granny Smith
    Date and time
    November 08, 2012, 10:04AM
    • Its just a shame that the judge didn't order all iPhone 5's off the shelves, now that would have been worth seeing.

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      robbie
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      Melbourne
      Date and time
      November 08, 2012, 10:24AM
      • Facetime for Apple? another 'Apple' invention breaks through the reality distortion field. They don't need to worry, they have patented curved rectangles, that's gotta be worth more than a hi tech security encryption patent. Game on!

        Commenter
        Aleron
        Date and time
        November 08, 2012, 11:12AM

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