Apple loses Facetime patent lawsuit, fined $368 million

By on November 8, 2012
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Apple gets a taste of its own medicine.


Sometimes, you begin to become the victim of your own game. After Apple got a landmark victory against Samsung for patent infringement which led to Samsung having to pay them more than a billion dollars in fines, looks like it’s Apple’s turn to be on the other end of the stick.

A company by the name of VirnetX earlier sued apple for infringing four of their patents in FaceTime on its iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Mac devices. International Business Times reports that the judges have ruled against Apple in the case, fining them with £230 million ($368m) and definitively reaching the conclusion that Apple did infringe on their patents.

A lawyer representing VirnetX said the following:

For years Apple refused to pay fair value for the VirnetX patents. Apple says they don’t infringe. But Apple developers testified that they didn’t pay any attention to anyone’s patents when developing their system.

Apple lawyer Danny Williams, however, made the more ironic statement:

[VirnetX] is not entitled to money for things they did not invent. The VirnetX technology, if used, is a small part of very large, complex products.

So it’s not right to sue for something you didn’t event. There’s so much juicy irony here that I’ll refrain from gushing over it.

Do you think Apple deserved it?


Filmmaker and film writer. An ironically strange combination. Follow his tweets on @faisalhashmi for his escapades in film.

  • Kyle Reynolds

    Yes… And good use of irony. Of course, I’m writing this from my iPad.

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