Apple ordered to pay $368 million after losing case to patent holding firm

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VirnetX, a patent holding firm, has successfully won a judgement of $ 368 million against Apple for patents loosely related to FaceTime. The four patents in the case deal with establishing VPNs and domain names — not FaceTime’s features in particular — and Apple was found to infringe on all of them. Apple argued that it did not infringe on the patents, and that VirnetX did not establish any evidence of actual damages, since FaceTime is a product with no service fees or revenue. Still, it’s not likely that this outcome will mean anything more than a hit to Apple’s coffers: VirnetX would have to get an injunction to shut down FaceTime, and successfully argue that the service’s operations drive sales of Mc or iOS devices.

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