Patent squatter loses $625 million win against Apple
VirnetX will have to face Apple in court twice again. Yes, twice.
A judge from Eastern Texas District Court overturned a ruling in a patent infringement case that would have resulted in Apple paying VirnetX $626.5 million in damages because the trial was a conflation of two lawsuits.
Instructions and information to jurors kept referring to the findings of the jury looking over the earlier of the two cases which sided against Apple. The patents at issue regarded security measures found in FaceTime and iMessage.
The two cases will get two retrials, the first of which to start on September 26.
The technicality probably won’t mean much as the trials will take place in the same court, a court that has historically favored patent holders.