VirnetX announced today that it will attempt to add Apple’s most recent slate of products—including the iPhone 5s and iPad Air—to its ongoing patent infringement suit against the company. It filed the motion this morning in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

For those unfamiliar with VirnetX, it’s a well-known patent holding firm that won in upwards of $400 million in damages from Apple in a case involving the FaceTime feature last year. Apple has since changed the feature to avoid further infringement, but apparently not enough…

From VirnetX’s press release (via AppleInsider):

“VirnetX™ Holding Corporation (NYSE MKT: VHC), an Internet security software and technology company, announced today that it has filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking to supplement its infringement contentions against Apple Inc., the defendant in its currently-pending patent infringement lawsuit, VirnetX Inc. et al v. Apple Inc., (Case 6:12-cv-00855-LED). […]

The motion alleges that newly released Apple products, including products containing the redesigned VPN On Demand and Per App VPN features implemented in Apple’s iOS 7, continue to infringe on VirnetX’s patented invention.”

Again, to provide better context, VirnetX first sued Apple in late 2011, claiming that the iPhone 4S’ FaceTime feature infringed on its patent involving the establishment of a secure link between computers of a VPN network. It won that lawsuit, and was awarded damages of $368 million.

In 2012, VirnetX filed another lawsuit against Apple, adding the iPhone 5 and other products to the mix—the same suit it’s trying to amend now with the iPhone 5s. Apple pushed out a firmware update last year to change the VPN behavior in iOS in an effort to avoid further infringement.

But VirnetX says the changes weren’t enough:

“We contend that Apple continues to use our inventions in the majority of its products,” said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. “We are confident that we will prevail in proving that Apple products, including the new products added to the suit, infringe on our inventions.”

The VirnetX Holding Corporation has taken more money from Apple in court than any other company in recent memory (that I know of). It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out.


  • Tim smith

    Such money whores

  • Shawn

    Such patent trolls. Although suing is all the rage these days. Even for Apple. But Im sure Apple could just buy them if they wanted….

  • Bill Do

    So you can basically put a patent on common sense now?

    I hope someone uses and bankrupts VirnetX.

  • n0ahcruz3

    The Lord of the patent Troll! Trolled apple, now Apple has become the troll that is today.

  • Rowan09

    I need to get into the patent game.

    • James Branham

      No doubt!

  • James Branham

    Hey if it’s their invention then they have the right to protect it just like Apple would protect their inventions.

    • Burge

      They hold the patents, they could of brought the idea of someone who had rights to it

  • Burge

    Patent holding company’s should be allowed to hold on to patents unless they plan on using them and I don’t mean to sue I mean to use the idea of the patent.. All they are doing is stopping people/company’s from coming up with new products..

    • Guest

      Glad you’re finally seeing the light…wonder where you were when Apple was patenting 1000s of ideas years ago that still haven’t appeared in a product.

      • Burge

        When a company is just there to hold patents and nothing else, not use them to make a product they could be holding back evolution on said product. I think if a company hasn’t used a idea that they have patented with in five years then the patent should be scraped and any company have the rights to it. If it’s that good of a patent then the company would of come up something with in five years.
        And I think patent holding company’s should not be able to hold patents for more than 3 years there not doing anything with them there hold them just to sue or claim royalties.. And that should apply to Apple , Samsung , Microsoft . All of them ..

  • Guest

    Lol, look at all the hypocritical butthurt fanboy comments. When Crapple does it, the victim deserves it, when it’s done the Crapple, the suer is a patent troll…like herd master like sheeple; hypocrites!