Apple files for mistrial in $625 million FaceTime patent case

Just days after an East Texas court ruled in favor of patent holding firm VirnetX in its $625 million infringement suit against Apple, the Cupertino company has filed for a mistrial. The news was reported by legal publication Texas Lawyer:

Apple has already filed a motion for a mistrial. In its motion, Apple argued that during closings, VirnetX lawyers made arguments outside the evidence and blatantly misrepresented the testimony of Apple's witnesses. Apple lawyers objected immediately, the motion states.

VirnetX has alleged that Apple is infringing on several of its patents with its FaceTime and VPN technologies. The patent dispute actually goes back to 2012, when VirnetX won a $368 million verdict against Apple. That decision was eventually dismissed by an appeals court, and a retrial was ordered. If the decision is upheld, Apple could end up on the hook for $625 million in damages.

Source: Texas Lawyer; Via: Apple Insider

Dan Thorp-Lancaster
15 Comments
  • Apple can you stop suing for a couple of months...
  • Um, the lawsuit was against apple, why do you always assume its them? Sent from the iMore App
  • It's actually a nice change of pace to see someone sue them for a change. Sent from the iMore App
  • Happens a lot Sent from the iMore App
  • They did invent this technology they buy the rights to the company and its patents. Companies like VernetX are insidious leeches they don't produce anything. They buy up companies for their patents, sue people who us technology similar to it, or ask an astronomical sum of cash to use its patents. Other companies should have also been named, such as Google "Hangouts", Microsoft "Skype", anyone who this type of technology. But as always Apple is the biggest name and best possible pay day. Sent from the iMore App
  • Amen to that. Sent from the iMore App
  • Other articles have stated that MSFT had already settled for more than $200 million. It's not a company pursuing ONLY Apple, they are chasing everyone using their patents.
  • They did invent this technology they buy the right s to the company and its patents. Companies like VernetX are insidious leeches they don't produce anything. They buy up companies for their patents, sue people who us technology similar to it, or ask an astronomical sum of cash to use its patents. to Other companies should have also been named, such as Google "Hangouts", Microsoft "Skype", anyone who this type of technology. But as always Apple is the biggest name and best possible pay day. Sent from the iMore App
  • Why on earth did the judge look at the evidence when he could have just checked the iMore comment section. No matter how similar the premise of the software, why would VirnetX Sue Microsoft or Google if the patents in question relate to FaceTime? A point to consider: a trial is based more around evidence than fanboyism. Sent from the iMore App
  • Logic has no place here...
  • No it doesn't. Emotion and fanboyism belong here on iMore. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Go away troll. Sent from the iMore App
  • If the decision is against apple, I hope one of the stipulations is the tech must become compatible across multiple platforms. Sent from the iMore App
  • Poor Apple omg my poor baby. Those dirty meany companies Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Agreed. I don't understand why they're being targeted.