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Apple Given Reprieve In VirnetX Patent Case

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Aug 2, 2016, 7:52 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

A judge has overturned a decision that would have seen Apple pay VirnetX $625 million in patent damages. The case took place earlier this year. Apple was ordered to compensate VirnetX for using one of the company's patents without permission. VirnetX's patent covers "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. VirnetX claimed Apple used the patent in its iMessage and FaceTime apps, and a Texas jury agreed. The decision was tossed, however, because the appellate judge felt the jury received confusing information from two separate lawsuits. The judge said the cases need to be tried separately, and put them on the docket for later this fall.

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