A Texas court in the US has ordered Apple to pay $368.2m in damages to security software company VirnetX for infringing the company’s networking patents.
The court found that Apple infringed VirnetX patents for virtual-private-network technology used in its FaceTime video-calling function.
VirnetX, which initially sought over $700m in damages from the iPhone maker, accused Apple of infringing four patents related to private networks and targeted Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad as well as Mac computers that use the FaceTime function.
VirnetX lawyer Doug Cawley was quoted by Bloomberg as saying that: "For years Apple refused to pay fair value for the VirnetX patents."
Prior to Apple, Microsoft paid $200m to VirnetX in 2010 to settle a lawsuit and licence its patents after the company lost in court.
Currently, VirnetX also has infringement patent cases against Cisco, Avaya and Siemens which are scheduled be heard in March next year.
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