Apple Loses Case Over FaceTime Patents
Nov 7, 2012, 12:00 PM by Eric M. Zeman
Apple has been found guilty of violating four patents held by a company called VirnetX. VirnetX believes Apple's FaceTime app, which lets iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac device users conduct real-time, two-way video chats, infringes on its intellectual property. VirnetX's patents specifically cover "the use of a domain-name service to set up virtual private networks." Under VirnetX's patent, the VPNs are then used by corporations to communicate with customers or employees. Apple maintains that it is innocent. "Apple does not owe money to VirnetX," said Danny Williams, an Apple legal representative. "VirnetX is not entitled to money for things they did not invent. The VirnetX technology, if used, is a small part of very large, complex products." VirnetX sought damages of $708 million, but the Tyler, Texas, jury awarded it $368 million. VirnetX has similar legal action pending against Avaya, Cisco, and Siemens Enterprise Communications.
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