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Apple Sued Again Over $368 Million FaceTime Suit

Not content with winning over $368 million in a court victory against Apple over a FaceTime patent lawsuit, VirnetX has added two key products belonging to the former into an additional lawsuit.

As was the case in its previous complaint, VirnetX is accusing Apple of infringing four of its networking patents via the utilization of FaceTime through the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.

Patents Nos. 6,502,135, 7,418,504, 7,921,211 and 7,490,151, relate to advancements for secure communication over the web: technology for creating a virtual private network between two computers a system, a protocol pertaining to secure communications using secure domain names, as well as establishing a secure communications link related to a domain name service request.

The products which are accused of infringing the aforementioned patents are the iPhone 5, iPad Mini, fourth-generation iPad, fifth-generation iPod Touch, in addition to the latest Mac system lineup. Due to their recent release dates, these latest iDevices weren't added in the previous suit filed by VirnetX.

VirnetX has a history of suing technology firms including Microsoft, of which it won a settlement of $200 million. It's currently suing Cisco, Avaya, and other companies for the alleged infringement of its patents.

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  • masterasia
    So surprising that Apple didn't innovate this technology either.
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  • ikyung
    Apple's reaping what it sowed, but even then, as a fan of technology in general, it pains me to see the advancement of technology and science stalling due to problems in totally different sectors like bureaucracy.
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  • A Bad Day
    It kinda reminds me of a article that talked about a possible parasite that resides within cells' nucleus: It's a mutated genetic piece.

    Parasites within fleas, which has parasites within them as well...

    Seems kinda similar to the patent warfare.
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  • wannabepro
    This kinda makes me angry. I'm no fan of Apple, but this is far worse. Patent troll companies who do nothing except patent ideas that aren't their own or sue companies for so called 'patent infringement'. It's just stupid..
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  • ThisIsMe
    I read those patents that were listed. They do nothing more than describe pre-existing products, techniques, and methods that long predate their filings. I have been using and installing products that have infringed these patents for years before their claimed discovery/invention even existed.
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  • dauntekong
    I.... Love... KARMA!!!!! HAHAHAHA!

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  • jdwii
    Ha ha hope it happens again and again to them until they stop patenting everything and claiming everything was theirs
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  • kracker
    HAHAHA! Apple is reaping what they sowed, however, this is a patent troll however...
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  • Pinhedd
    ThisIsMeI read those patents that were listed. They do nothing more than describe pre-existing products, techniques, and methods that long predate their filings. I have been using and installing products that have infringed these patents for years before their claimed discovery/invention even existed.
    Patent descriptions don't mean anything. The specific claims are what matter. It is entirely possible for two different patents to do the same thing via different approaches.
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