Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) now owes more than $302 million after a Texas federal judge ordered the tech company to pay damages for using VirnetX Holding Corp’s patent for internet security purposes.
VirnetX is a known patent licensor, and has a long history of legal disputes over patents with Apple. According to Reuters the case began in 2010 when VirnetX filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas federal court, claiming infringement of four patents for secure networks, known as virtual private networks, and secure communications links.
In 2012 a jury awarded $368.2 million in damages, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., partly overturned that verdict, saying there were problems with how the trial judge instructed jurors on calculating damages.
The latest trial the jurors determined damages on two VirnetX patents that Apple had already been found to infringe. The result of the trial is a $302.4 million award to VirnetX, which is in-line with the licenser’s demands.