The interactions between these two companies go back to 2012. VirnetX, a company with only 14 employees, already won a judgement of $368 million. It was also close to being awarded a “running royalty” by court ruling. Apple avoided this by redesigning FaceTime and thus no longer infringing VirnetX’s patents. As a result this last ruling was thrown out 2 years later.
VirnetX leases a tiny office in Zephyr Cove, Nevada on Lake Tahoe. The owners of the patents making the case against Apple in court claim that they intended to use them to develop products, although there were no apparent signs of any other activity outside the courtroom. Initially seeking $532 million, VirnetX bumped the sum to $625.6 million after loosing the “running royalty”. According to VirnetX, Apple infringed on 4 of their patents which are related to different communications protocols patents which are currently used in FaceTime, iMessage and VPN on Demand. Apple, who just lost this case, explains that although they were found guilty on all claims, VirnetX lawyers used “arguments outside the evidence and blatantly misrepresented the testimony of Apple’s witnesses”.