Patent troll VirnetX wants judge to block Apple’s FaceTime, iMessage services

“Patent troll VirnetX, fresh on the heels of a $626 million FaceTime and iMessages patent victory over Apple, now wants a federal judge to permanently turn off those popular features,” David Kravets reports for Ars Technica.

“VirnetX on Wednesday also asked the judge presiding over the litigation to increase the damages the East Texas jury awarded in February by another $190 million or more,” Kravets reports. “Apple wants a retrial, claiming that VirnetX’s lawyers misrepresented evidence to the jury and that the evidence presented at trial didn’t support infringement.”

“VirnetX’s patents originated at a company called Science Applications International Corporation, or SAIC,” Kravets reports. “VirnetX has been saying for years that it has plans to market various products, but for the time being, its income comes from licensing patents. It has about a dozen employees and leases a small office in Zephyr Cove, Nevada for roughly $5,000 a month, according to a recent yearly financial statement.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Ridiculous.

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      1. It’s a pretty good bet that Apple doesn’t have any peers in the jury pool of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Judges Ron Clark, Marcia A. Crone, James Rodney Gilstrap, Amos L. Mazzant III, Robert W. Schroeder III, Richard A. Schell, Thad Heartfield, Michael H. Schneider, Sr.

      2. I’m pretty sure he means judicial peer review. Pull judges from outside the east Texas system. Hell, pull them from outside of Texas.

        When situations like this happened, they used to say “something is rotten in Demark”.

        Maybe nowadays we should be saying “something is rotten in east Texas”.

        Even if (and with every decision that comes out of east Texas it seems obvious) the judges in east Texas are are behaving suspiciously (corrupt?), what’s with the jury decisions? I’d be surprised if something wasn’t rotten there also.

        It’s past time for the FBI to start nosing around the east Texas judicial system. Maybe they’re short-handed from checking Hillary’s email servers.

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