Monday, October 16, 2017

Apple to pay $ 440 million for plagiarizing iMessage and FaceTime


The story of Apple in the courts is long and dilated and to the misfortune of the Cupertino, does not always end well, as with Samsung . In fact, the resolution of his trial against VirnetX has just come out for a patent issue related to iMessage and FaceTime .
Sentence? Apple will have to pay $ 439.7 million . This is what the winners of the trial have said, although it is already known that you can always appeal:
VIRNETX ™ HOLDING CORPORATION, AN INTERNET TECHNOLOGY AND SECURITY COMPANY, TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2017, THE US SUPREME COURT OF THE TYLER DIVISION OF TEXAS, TEXAS, ISSUED A FINAL VERDICT ON THE VERDICT OF THE VIRNETX CASE BY INFRINGEMENTS OF PATENTS BETWEEN VIRNETX AND APPLE INC. FOR A PREVIOUS VALUE OF 302.4 MILLION. THE COURT HAS RULED ALL VIRNETX REQUIREMENTS FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT AND ROYALTIES, INCREASING THE AMOUNT TO BE PAID IN DAMAGES AND INTEREST.

What is this trial between VirnetX and Apple?

The case goes back to 2012, when VirnetX sued Apple for patents related to FaceTime, iMessage and VPN . Those of Cupertino lost the judgment, but in 2014 they returned to the walked when admitting a resource, being required a new judicial process.
Perhaps $ 440 million is a loan for Apple, which sees its image damaged by a company known for its work as a "troll" of patents, that is, whose only activity is to hoard patents of different technologies , to later sue to the companies that infringe them. In this case, I even asked to close iMessage and FaceTime.
VirnetX is clear: either they pay royalties for the use of their patents or will continue to sue and raise the amount of the demand. An Apple representative has stated that they will appeal again.
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