Apple has been ordered by a federal jury in east Texas to pay $625 million for patent infringement, Reuters reported late Wednesday. The jury found the iPhone maker guilty of using VirnetX’s security technology without its permission.

More specifically, Apple was found guilty of willfully infringing on technology found in VirnetX Holding Corp’s patents related to virtual private networking protocols, which Apple uses in its FaceTime and iMessage apps on iPhone and iPad.

Apple issued a statement vowing to appeal. “We are surprised and disappointed by the verdict,” the company said. “Cases like this simply reinforce the desperate need for patent reform.”

Also on Wednesday, Apple filed court papers asking U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder to declare a mistrial, saying VirnetX’s attorneys had misled the jury during closing arguments. It is not known when Schroeder will rule on that request.

“The jury saw what we have been saying all along: Apple has been infringing VirnetX’s patented technology for years,” VirnetX lawyer Jason Cassady said in a statement.

VirnetX is a Nevada-based company that makes most of its money from licensing patents. While its $625 million victory over Apple is a substantial one, it really won’t put much of a dent in the Cupertino firm’s reported $216 billion cash hoard.

Source: Reuters

  • 9to5Slavery

    half a bill and wont put a dent… dam..

    the next question is… who are they after next for similar suits?

  • Chris Holden

    thats bullshit, they never even used it but have the right to claim the technology as theirs? , that being said if i worked at that company id be very happy right now

    • Shinonuke

      What is this crap about patent troll? If they own the patent then they own it. Apple, Samsung, Motorola, etc…owns patents specifically to deter other companies from utilizing it without monetary compensation. If I own a patent to something and I can’t afford/unable to mass product it then you bet I’ll sue everyone for using it without compensation.

  • “Cases like this simply reinforce the desperate need for patent reform”

    As do all your cases against Samsung involving stolen ideas you patented as yours:

    http://bit. ly/1QIlMTy
    http://bit. ly/1O62SXP
    http://bit. ly/1TMm0ID
    http://bit. ly/1QIi0JQ
    http://bit. ly/1I5UYvp

    Only took a few tastes of your own medicine to realize it…typical hypocrites (http://bit. ly/1si5DVX).

    • Cesar Morales

      Dude. Please understand that what you are saying is ridiculous. Patent reform is primarily based on stopping patent trolls like these that basically patent an idea that has never been implemented in any form or product and just wait for companies to actually make something “similar” and sue them.

      Although I do applause your research and link pasting, your argument’s pilar is formed on a totally different point of view, which in this case, has nothing to do. Please be remembered that apple sued Samsung for using technology that was already ON a functioning and currently being sold product. Not on an parabola idea that was meant for fishing lawsuits.

      After iPhone, everything changed. Apple knew what was going to happen as Steve jobs said in an interview.

      In English you might say “the car is red”… But there are languages that put that sentence together as “is red the car”… It’s all about perspective and on which side do you stand, as the second sentence might even sound like a question.

      • Whole wall of butthurt literally crying “a patent reform should only end patent trolls, not patent thieves”…either way you try stirring it, apple is just-as guilty of the same thing if not worse, all of which reinforce the desperate need of a patent system reformation, which is my point. Period.

      • TechnoBuff

        Sir, Your comment are right and spot on with regards.
        Funny how people’s views are skewed and not applicable when it comes to Apple.

      • Antzboogie

        Not everyone is a Patent Troll. Some cases are legit you know.

      • kickinghorse99

        Same as apple. They have lots of patents that they never implement. If someone using it will they sue them?

    • Antzboogie

      Well said not everyone is a patent troll. There are many but not every single case is because of a patent troll come on. What does that mean for the legit cases like this one appears to be?

  • Vince Reedy

    I would be curious to know where Apple is with regards to net gain/loss on patent cases. At least curious enough to want to know, not curious enough to research myself.

  • JulianZH

    that’s pocket change haha

    • mav3rick

      From your pocket and likewise…

  • Sigh… Patent trolls. Hate ’em.