Apple was ordered by a federal court in Texas today to pay $502.six million to some patent called VirnetX, the most recent turn into an eight year old legal battle within FaceTime and iMessage patents, according to Bloomberg. Apple and VirnetX were battling in court because 2010, when the patent holding firm said the iPhone maker infringed on four of its patents related to internet based communications. The legal battle has been protracted, and it entails lawsuits and a number of appeals. Last we heard about struggle was in October 2017, when Apple was ordered to pay $439.7 million, a judgment the business then appealed.

VirnetX is a patent assertion thing, meaning its whole business model rests solely on suing companies that actually develop and promote products based on arcane patent infringement laws and lose interpretations of IP regulations. VirnetX is based in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, and it filed its lawsuit in patent troll friendly East Texas, a district in which patent holders had a greater chance of succeeding in IP cases till the Supreme Court cracked down on the practice last year. VirnetX, in a SEC filing, explained its approach to making money by stating its portfolio of IP is the foundation of our company model. , The company’s stock climbed 44 percent today on news of the federal judgment in its favour, Bloomberg says. On the other hand, the judgment could eventually be struck down. The US Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit in Washington is currently reviewing cases where the Patent Trial and Appeal Board claims the patents in question are in fact invalid.

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