VirnetX recently won $368 million in its patent-infringement lawsuit against Apple, now the patent troll is attempting to win an even bigger settlement. The first lawsuit was filed against iPad, iPhone and Mac devices, however that suit did not include Apple’s newest devices.
VirnetX is now targeting Apple’s iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod touch and fourth-generation iPad, iPad mini and new Mac computers.
In a statement outlining its reasoning for a new patent-infringement lawsuit VirnetX proclaimed:
“Due to their release dates, these products were not included in the previous lawsuit that concluded with a Jury verdict on November 6, 2012.”
The patents in question include Nos. 6,502,135, 7,490,151, 7,418,504 and 7,921,211.
The first of those patents No. 6,502,135 was filed more than 10 years ago. According to the patent filing it focus on an ”Agile network protocol for secure communications with assured system availability.”
Also included in the second patent is the ”Establishment of a secure communication link based on a domain name service (DNS) request.”
The final two patents focus on the title ”Agile network protocol for secure communications using secure domain names.”
A jury agreed that Apple had violated the company’s patents in the original patent lawsuit. Apple plans to appeal that original decision but has not yet filed an appeal.
VirnetX claims that Apple has infringed on its technology for various popular options including FaceTime, iMessage and Apple’s VPN on Demand implementation for iOS and Mount Lion based devices.
The patent holder has asked for a jury trial. Because of Apple’s “willful infringement” of its patents VirnetX is also acting for triple damages to be awarded.
Over the last several years Apple has filed dozens of patent infringement lawsuits against its various competitors. Most recently Apple won $1.1 billion from Samsung in regards to tablet and smartphone based design and software implementations.
As Apple’s own filed lawsuits have picked up speed its competitors and various patent collectors have fired back with lawsuits of their own.
Indeed Apple’s lawsuit against Samsung may have been the catalyst Samsung needed to increase sales. Many analysts agree that by a jury claiming Samsung’s products were just like Apple’s, many customers may have decided that was enough to give Samsung tablets and smartphones a closer look.
Do you believe that Apple will be found guilty of further patent infringement based on the outcome of the first judgement.