The seemingly endless legal battle between Apple and VirnetX is still fierce, and the latest development could cost the tech giant half a billion dollars. A jury in Tyler, Texas, ruled that Apple had to pay VirnetX $ 502.8 million in royalties for VPN on demand, an iOS feature that allows users to configure their devices to automatically start up. Activate or stop the VPN connection. Based on BloombergIt took the jury 90 minutes to come to a decision.
This courtroom story begins a decade ago after VirnetX accused Apple of infringing upon its intellectual property. It says FaceTime, iMessage, and the on-demand VPN violate the patents it owns related to secure communications, especially from technology it developed for the US Central Intelligence Agency. VirnetX initially asked the court for $ 700 million in damages, while Apple told the court it believed it owed the other party a much smaller amount ($ 113 million). The tech giant was ordered to pay VirnetX $ 450 million a few months ago, but that’s for previous versions of features that VirnetX claims violates its IPs. This judgment means Apple has to pay 502.8 million on that amount.