“A jury in Texas has decided Apple must pay US$626 million for infringing four patents held by a Nevada-based patent licensing company,” Martyn Williams reports for IDG News Service.

“The patents cover technology used in Apple’s VPN on Demand software back to 2009, its FaceTime messaging system back to 2010, and its iMessage software,” Williams reports. “The trial follows one in 2012 in which Apple was found to infringe on Virnet X patents but managed to overturn the verdict on appeal.”

Williams reports, “Apple has already asked the judge to declare a mistrial after lawyers for VirnetX made what Apple called ‘arguments outside the evidence, blatantly misrepresenting the testimony of Apple witnesses.'”

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