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    The patent holding company, VirnetX, recently announced that it will attempt to add Apple’s most recent slate of products, including the iPhone 5S and iPad Air, to an ongoing patent infringement action that accuses Apple of violating VirnetX’s secure networking patents. The company has petitioned the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to allow the inclusion of Apple’s iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPod Touch, and latest Mac notebooks and desktops, essentially, every product capable of making a FaceTime call, in the suit over covering peer-to-peer VPN technologies.

    For those of you who don’t remember, VirnetX first took Apple to court in November 2011, alleging that the iPhone 4S’s FaceTime capabilities infringed VirnetX’s US Patent No. 8,05,181 entitled “Method for Establishing Secure Communication Link Between Computers of Virtual Private Network.” Apple lost that case and was ordered to pay damages of $368,160,000 an award that was appealed and was later upheld.

    Shortly after the victory, VirnetX filed suit again, asserting the same intellectual property against the iPhone 5, fourth-gen iPad, iPad mini, fifth-gen iPod Touch and the then-newest Mac computers. The second action appears to still be pending and is the suit VirnetX is seeking to amend.

    Apple on the other hand has since altered FaceTime’s behavior to avoid further infringement, changes that are said to have been the source of more than half a million customer complaints and cost the company an additional $2.4 million per month.

    VirnetX on the other hand doesn’t believe Apple’s changes are substantial enough. In a news release announcing the filing, CEO Kendall Larsen said the company believes “Apple continues to use our inventions in the majority of its products” and that they “are confident that we will prevail in proving that Apple products, including the new products added to the suit, infringe on our inventions.”

    Source: VirnetX via AppleInsider

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    2014-01-15 05:10 AM
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    2014-01-15 11:27 AM