By now, most of you might have heard of Apple’s legal battle against VirnetX over patents that the latter claims that Apple had infringed upon. Given that the total payout to VirnetX would have totalled over $1 billion, it’s not surprising that Apple is trying their very best to avoid paying the company that amount.
However, it seems like it is pretty much a done deal as a federal judge has since denied Apple’s request to over the VirnetX verdict, which means that Apple could now be on the hook for damages over $1.1 billion. Apple had previously attempted to argue that the jurors should have been told that VirnetX’s patents were deemed “unpatentable” by the USPTO, and how the damages awarded to the company should not exceed $113.7 million.
Unfortunately for Apple, US District Judge Robert Schroeder denied Apple’s request for a new trial. Apple had previously paid VirnetX $454 million, which is a huge sum of money, so it’s understandable that Apple would like to avoid paying out that much again. Both Apple and VirnetX have been embroiled in this legal battle for more than a decade.
Despite Apple’s resources and reputation, it seems that this is one legal battle the company is unable to shake.