Last month we reported that the Apple lost an appeal (opened in 2016) against the VirnetX about the amount of the fine that should be paid online security company for infringing some of its patents, mostly related to technologies used by the Cupertino giant in VPN and FaceTime.
After failing to convince the US Court of Appeals that it should not pay such a high amount for patent infringements, Apple adopted a new strategy in an attempt to change that outcome. In this sense, instead of appealing to a higher court, she is asking the court to reconsider the value of the fine. $ 440 million.
According to Law360, Apple has appealed to the Court of Appeals to reevaluate the verdict issued last month by the East Texas District Court panel. There is no information as to whether or not the court has accepted Ma's request, but the fact that the decision is, for now, suspended.
It seems that the (already extensive) court battle between Apple and VirnetX will win new chapters soon. We'll see.
Another patent infringement process
If the litigation above were not enough, a group of companies under the name Optis Wireless Technology, LLC filed a lawsuit against Apple in the East Texas District Court (widely used by patent trolls, given that state's favorable laws), accusing the Cupertino giant of infringing seven technology-related patents LTE better known here in Brazil as 4G.
The lawsuit report points out that all Apple products supported by LTE technology including various models of iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch infringed the patents in question. It is well known that the company is not the inventor of these technologies and that many of them were acquired from Ericsson, Samsung, LG and Panasonic.
The prosecutor said she contacted Apple several times on January 6, 2017 to try to license her patents with the company. She also reported meeting with Ma representatives on several occasions, but at no time did the two companies reach an agreement.
Optis Wireless Technology has demanded a jury trial and a fine (not specified) for “damage recovery in the form of royalties reasonable ”. Given the circumstances of this case, it is not wrong to state that the company suing Ma patent trollSince it does not manufacture any products and aims to earn upon intellectual licenses acquired from other companies.
via AppleInsider, MacRumors