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Apple Must Pay $368 Million in Patent Suit Loss

Apple has been ordered to pay over $368 million in a patent suit loss against intellectual property and patent holding firm, VirnetX.

A U.S. District Court upheld an earlier decision by a federal jury last year that awarded VirnetX over $368.2 million. Apple was found to have infringed upon patents pertaining to the networking technology utilized in its FaceTime video chat service.

The iPhone maker must pay VirnetX more than $330,000 per day until the case is settled, which will force Apple to seek a royalty settlement with VirnetX. Such a deal will require both companies to agree on exactly how much Apple should pay for any further use of the former's patents. Should they fail to reach an agreement, a new ruling could be made that would result in additional damages.

According to the original ruling, Apple's iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad 4, fifth-generation iPod Touch, and the latest Mac computers all infringe upon the patents. VirnetX, which is known for suing major technology firms related to patent infringement claims, said Apple infringed upon four of its networking patents that establish a secure connection between two devices.

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  • CKKwan
    Troll vs Troll
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  • Soda-88
    You brought it upon yourself, Apple.
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  • excella1221
    So the US once again takes the side of a patent troll? And this time, said troll isn't even doing anything fruitful about the freakin' patent, but just sits around and waits 'til it's sue time?
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  • pacomac
    excella1221So the US once again takes the side of a patent troll? And this time, said troll isn't even doing anything fruitful about the freakin' patent, but just sits around and waits 'til it's sue time?
    Agreed. I'm sure once Apple have settled they will move on to Samsung, LG and Sony.
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  • NightLight
    karma...
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  • hero1
    Looks like the little troll took a bite out of the big troll won. Die trolls die!
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  • boltimuss
    Couldn't have happened to a better company!
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  • spentshells
    Pay to play
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  • Memnarchon
    Tom's Hardware"Apple Must Pay $368 Million in Patent Suit Loss"
    Divine Judgement?
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  • Borisblade7
    Total karma, apple acts like a douchebag patent troll thinking they invented the air we breathe, no another one does the same to them.

    The problem is the patent system needs a MAJOR overhaul when it comes to tech and esp software. Too many things are given patents that shouldnt be, and they are far too broad and so encourage patent trolls and massively stifle innovation.
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