A Texas federal jury ruled unanimously in favor of network security firm VirnetX in a patent infringement case against Apple, making the $625.6 million verdict one of the largest awards handed down in history. Leidos, Inc., formerly Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), was co-plaintiff with VirnetX in the patent infringement cases against Apple Inc. Apple infringed patents protecting Internet security technology that was found to be used without permission in Apple’s newer version of VPN On Demand, FaceTime and iMessage features. The award was more than the $532 million plaintiffs had asked for going into the trial, which began on Jan. 25 in Tyler, Texas. The jury also found that Apple’s infringement was willful, which could potentially lead to a higher award.
Urrabazo Law, P.C. represented Leidos, Inc., formerly Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), as co-plaintiff in this and a prior patent infringement case against Apple Inc. The technology at issue developed from SAIC’s initial work on secure communications.