Texas Judge Issues $439M Judgment in VirnetX Case Against Apple, with PTAB’s Cancellation of Tried Claims on Appeal

October 20, 2017

A Texas judge has issued a final judgment in one of VirnetX Inc.’s two cases against Apple. In an order issued on September 29 and unsealed on October 13, District Judge Robert W. Schroeder III awarded enhanced damages, attorney fees, and interest to VirnetX, bringing the total judgment to $439M, up from the $302M in damages established by a September 2016 jury verdict (6:10-cv-00417). The judgment follows a significant loss for VirnetX before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), which in June cancelled all of the claims Apple had been found to infringe from both of the patents that went to trial in two inter partes reviews (IPRs) filed by Black Swamp IP, LLC (IPR2016-00693, IPR2016-00957). The Board has also collectively cancelled all claims from both patents in four inter partes reexaminations filed by Apple and Cisco. Federal Circuit appeals of both IPR decisions and three of the reexaminations are currently pending.

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