Apple must pay $368 million after losing patent suit

Apple must pay $368 million after losing patent suit
Apple must pay patent holding firm VirnetX over $368 million following their lawsuit loss.

This week, a U.S. District Court upheld a previous decision against Apple. Apple was found guilty of infringing patents that related to "networking technology utilized in its FaceTime video chat service."



Additionally, Apple will have to pay VirnetX $330,000 per day until the case is settled, meaning Apple will likely seek a royalty settlement in the very near future.

If no agreement is made between the companies, there could be additional damages levied against Apple. Such a royalty agreement must be approved by VirnetX, so they could potentially put a squeeze on Apple moving forward.

All Mac computers, the iPhone 5, the fourth-generation iPad, the iPad Mini and the latest iPod Touch all infringe on the patents.

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 3 Mar 2013 13:08
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Patents FaceTime Appeal Infringement VirnetX
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  • 13 comments
  • ivymike

    HA HA.

    3.3.2013 13:11 #1

  • bobiroc

    What? Apple stole something and violated patent rights of another company and called it innovation? That never happens!!

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    3.3.2013 13:12 #2

  • lamain

    They have to do something to fix patents

    3.3.2013 15:37 #3

  • Mrguss

    The majority of patent lawsuits today are filed by trolls.
    SHIELD-Act will help stop this:
    https://eff.org/SHIELD

    +5000

    3.3.2013 17:27 #4

  • buddyleem

    How can video chat be patented ?

    Hack a bit, invest a bit, work a bit, jerk a bit

    4.3.2013 00:50 #5

  • snaketus

    Good.

    4.3.2013 02:44 #6

  • dp70

    Instant Karma goanna get you...the most deserving wankers.

    4.3.2013 03:48 #7

  • Justoneguy

    Originally posted by Mrguss: The majority of patent lawsuits today are filed by trolls.
    SHIELD-Act will help stop this:
    https://eff.org/SHIELD
    The majority of these large tech corporations, including Apple, are buying up huge blocks of patents. They are doing it either by themselves, or as part of a "consortium." With all of the billions these corporations have been spending buying up patents, do you really think they would allow something like this to pass? It would only devalue what they have been investing in. It is a sneaky way for them to create a monopoly, Apple got caught this time. Live by the sword....
    Now if the act could be tweaked to just favor the large corporate patent trolls, and keep their losses to a minimum, well that would be another story.

    4.3.2013 08:00 #8

  • Jeffrey_P

    I would love to see Apple try a copyright infringement with Siri
    My old Amiga had voice recognition and application functions back in 1986.

    The biggest problem was if you had a cold the voice recognition was function limited.

    Jeff

    Cars, Guitars & Radiation.

    4.3.2013 11:59 #9

  • Mr-Movies

    Originally posted by buddyleem: How can video chat be patented ?
    Just a prime example of how patients have gotten way too carried away these days. Next someone will patient air and then we all will pay. LOL

    I do love it that Apple is getting nailed regardless of how ridiculous it is.

    8.3.2013 10:37 #10

  • Notcow

    $330,000 per day. My God.

    8.3.2013 20:31 #11

  • ddp

    not even a drop in the buck compared what they have stashed away.

    8.3.2013 20:47 #12

  • WierdName

    Originally posted by Mr-Movies: Originally posted by buddyleem: How can video chat be patented ?
    Just a prime example of how patients have gotten way too carried away these days. Next someone will patient air and then we all will pay. LOL

    I do love it that Apple is getting nailed regardless of how ridiculous it is.
    Actually, it's not that carried away. The patent is probably not so much for the concept of a real-time video communication as it is the underlying protocol(s) used to give it acceptable quality. A lot of research and money goes into developing a protocol that can pass a certain type of content across the internet that is inherently a best-effort infrastructure. It's probably the lower level software that Apple stole and used to get a good quality transmission across varied connection qualities.

    Doesnt expecting the unexpected make the unexpected expected and therefore mean youre expecting the expected which was the unexpected until you expected it?
    "Opinions are immunities to being told were wrong." - Relient K

    9.3.2013 16:04 #13

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