Apple Fined $368 Million for Patent Violations in FaceTime

Apple is well known for suing over unlicensed use of their patented technology. So it’s always fun to see the tables turned. Last time it was the Swiss clock design used in iOS 6. This time a federal jury has sided with VirnetX and ordered Apple to pay $368 million in damages.

VirnetX Holdings Inc are in possession of a patent that covers the use of a domain name service to setup virtual private networks, through which a user could interact with another user or access corporate files for example. In the over all picture, this may be a small part of the FaceTime protocol, if would still constitute a violation of the patent.

Interestingly, back in 2010 VirnetX successfully sued Microsoft for $200 million for infringement on the same patent.

(Source = Bloomberg)

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Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.