Apple has paid the $454 million it owes to patent troll VirnetX

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What you need to know

  • Apple has paid $454 million to patent troll VirnetX.
  • The two have been locked in a battle for almost nine years.
  • The initial bill was closer to $1 billion, but an appeal court voided some $503 million of the ruling.

Patent troll VirnetX has announced that it has received payment of over $450 million from Apple over patent infringements.

In a press release it said:

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev., March 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- VirnetX™ Holding Corporation (NYSE AMERICAN: VHC), an Internet security software and technology company, announced today that it has received payment of $454,033,859.87, representing the previously announced judgment with interest in the VirnetX Inc. v. Apple case, 6:10-cv-00417 ("Apple I").

Apple's patent spat with the company dates back nearly 9 years. The whole case is a quagmire of different trials and appeals as well as a Supreme court ruling. In a previous statement the company had said:

"It has taken us 10 long years, 4 successful jury trials, 2 successful Appellate Court rulings and a favorable Supreme Court decision to get here. We believe in the fairness of the American justice system and have respectfully played by its rules no matter how arduous. We trust Apple will honor the decisions rendered by our courts and their esteemed judges and honor an agreement to abide by the court's decision."

VirnetX is a company that does not make products or services, rather sourcing its income entirely through patent licensing. It has previously squeezed rulings from other major companies, such as a $200 million ruling against Microsoft. Many in the industry have called for changes to the system, citing the abuse and the stifling of innovation in a system designed to protect intellectual property and reward innovators.

It was announced in February that a decision had been made not to hear Apple's appeal, leading us to this point. Apple for one thing, probably won't even notice $454 million leaving the account.

Stephen Warwick
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design. Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9