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Judge Denies Apple’s Motion for New Trial Following $503 Million VirnetX Patent Verdict

Judge Denies Apple’s Motion for New Trial Following $503 Million VirnetX Patent Verdict

Earlier this week, a Texas federal judge has denied an Apple motion for a new trial after a jury awarded VirnetX Inc.’s $502.8 million for Apple’s infringement of network security patents.

U.S. District Judge Robert W. Schroeder III handed down the ruling that was filed under seal except for a one-page order. The judge also granted but modified VirnetX’s motion for interest payments and other fees assessed to Apple. It isn’t clear what modifications the Judge made to VirnetX’s $116 million request for interest in addition to the $504 million that Apple must pay.

In November 2020, an Eastern District of Texas jury ruled that Apple should pay $502.8 million to VirnetX for infringing its network security patents in the Cupertino firm’s FaceTime feature on iOS and macOS.

In April 2018, a jury found that Apple infringed all four patents and the company was ordered to pay more than $500 million in damages, which was later raised to $600 million with fees and interest.

However, the damages award was thrown out, when a Federal Circuit court ruled in November that Apple had infringed on only two of the four patents.

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