A court has ordered Apple to pay $302.4 million to Nevada-based patent holding and security software company VirnetX for “infringing two patents related to Apple’s FaceTime communication application”.
According to a report in Ars Technica, the jury in Tyler, Texas, found that the Cupertino-based tech giant “infringed on two patents related to its FaceTime video conferencing application”.
The case began with four of VirnetX’s patents which originated at a company called Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). “The award also includes damages for infringement of VirnetX technology in Virtual Private Network on Demand,” the report added.
Apple said it plans to appeal the verdict.
Apple will also have to contend with the trial in a second lawsuit VirnetX filed over newer Apple security features as well as its iMessage application, Fortune reported. VirnetX and Apple have been fighting over patents for years. “The next stage of the case is where VirnetX will seek damages for willful infringement. In the last case, the company sought $190 million. No hearing date has been set,” the report added.
The court order is a blow to Cupertino giant, which recently launched iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus globally. Apple’s new devices in India start at Rs 60,000 for the 64GB variant of iPhone 7 and go up to Rs 92,000 for iPhone 7 Plus (256GB). The new phones will be available in five colour options – Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and Jet Black. The Jet Black colour for the iPhone 7 is only available with the 128GB and the 256GB versions of the phone.
With Tech Desk inputs