“A federal jury in Texas on Friday night ordered Apple Inc to pay more than $302 million in damages for using VirnetX Holding Corp’s patented internet security technology without permission in features including its FaceTime video conferencing application,” Andrew Chung reports for Reuters.

“The verdict came in a new trial in Tyler, Texas that had been ordered by the judge in the case, Robert Schroeder, who last August threw out VirnetX’s $625.6 million win over Apple from a previous trial because he said jurors in that case may have been confused,” Chung reports. “VirnetX and Apple have been fighting over patents for years. The case began in 2010 when VirnetX, a Nevada-based patent licensor, filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas federal court, claiming infringement of four patents for secure networks, known as virtual private networks, and secure communications links.”

“According to court documents, Apple is to face another court proceeding over whether it willfully infringed the patents, which could lead to higher damages,” Chung reports. “Apple will also have to contend with the trial in a second lawsuit VirnetX filed against Apple over newer versions of Apple security features, as well as its iMessage application.”

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“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office conducted parallel reviews of the four patents and on Sept. 9 said none covered new inventions. The agency uses a different standard of review and it’s easier to have a patent found invalid by the patent office than a district court,” Susan Decker and Dennis Robertson report for Bloomberg. “Still, the ultimate decision will lie with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, which specializes in patent law.”

Decker and Robertson report, “The Federal Circuit will use the patent office’s legal standard when reviewing the agency’s decisions, and the district court’s legal standard when ruling on the jury verdict. That means VirnetX needs to win in both instances to ultimately get money from Apple.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The rocket docket jury’s verdict is a joke. We’ll wait for the real decisions on these matters.

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