The latest development in the almost decade-long battle between VirnetX and Apple could see the latter have to pay up to $1.1 billion in total damages. Thatâ€™s the result of US District Judge Robert Schroeder today denying Appleâ€™s request for a new trial along with other requests.
Reported by Reuters, todayâ€™s decision by Judge Schroeder may mean the reality of Apple paying a total sum of over $1 billion to VirnetX over infringed VPN patents â€“ something that we reported on as possible back in December.
Back in February 2020, a US Federal Court of Appeals denied Apple a rehearing of the case. Then a month later, Apple paid VirnetX $440M in damages after the Supreme Court denied an appeal on the case.
For a moment, it seemed like the 8 year plus battle was over. However, in October we learned that VirnetX believed another $700 million from Apple was justified with a court making the decision that the number would be another $502 billion in damages on top of the $440M Apple had already paid.
Naturally, Apple fought to overturn that ruling which is what the decision today was over. With Judge Schroederâ€™s verdict, the final amount Apple will end up paying VirnetX may be over $1.1 billion after interest and further royalties are tallied.
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