United States appeals court denies Apple bid for rehearing in VirnetX patent case

Apple loses latest battle in $503-million FaceTime case

The patent dispute goes back to 2010 when VirnetX alleged Apple's FaceTime feature infringed on its intellectual property.

Three Judges originally came to a split decision on the case.

Bloomberg reports the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday rejected the Cupertino company's request to reconsider a November ruling that confirmed it infringed on two VirnetX patents.

Apple contested the court's findings, and sought a mistrial and a termination to any royalty obligations.

Subsequently, an appeals court reexamined the ruling and determined that Apple had infringed two VirnetX patents, but the other two charges were reversed in November 2019 and the $ 502.6 million prize was vacant.

Apple and VirnetX have been battling for years over technology related to secure communications, and Apple is trying to throw out two jury verdicts for nearly $1 billion in combined damages.

Shares of VirnetX Holding Corp. rallied 4.8% in morning trading Tuesday, after the internet security software and technology company said Apple Inc. was denied a rehearing of a patent-infringement case, in which Apple was found to have infringed on to VirnetX patents.

Apple argued in its petition for reconsideration that the panel was wrong to preclude it from renewing its invalidity arguments, saying it wanted to raise different legal issues.

9to5Mac.com meanwhile reported that both Apple and VirnetX are both still awaiting details on the recalculation of the damages in the first part of the lawsuit. The court said that the $503 million in damages would have to be recalculated.



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