Apple Forced To Pay $368 Million To Patent Troll VirnetX

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Apple doesn't always get its own way in court.
Apple doesn't always get its own way in court.

A federal jury in Texas has ordered Apple to pay patent holding firm (“patent troll”) VirnetX $368 million for a patent-infringement complaint. Following its success, VirnetX is now working to get Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and Mac products banned.

Dissatisfied with the payout alone, VirnetX has now filed complaints with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Apple in an effort to get its guilty devices banned. All Things D reports that Apple has declined to comment on the situation, but it is expected to appeal.

VirnetX also has cases ongoing against Cisco, Avaya, and Siemens. It previously won a payout of over $100 million from Microsoft when it alleged that several versions of the company’s Windows operating system infringed on its patents. That’s why the company is know as a “patent troll” — its sole purpose is to use its wealthy patent portfolio to sue other companies.

Source: All Things D