On Monday, the 24th of February 2020, the US Supreme Court had rebuffed the Cupertino-based iPhone manufacturer’s appeal against a prior verdict that ruled a hefty sum of $440 million in punitive measures for Apple Inc.
due to its usage of several security features in on-demand apps such as ‘FaceTime video calling’ developed by the internet security technology firm VirnetX Inc. without permission. As a matter of fact, origin of this VirnetX’s patent infringement case was dated back to the 2010s, while the Nevada-based internet security company had filed a lawsuit against the iPhone maker in an eastern District court of Texas alleging Apple Inc.
of infringing four patents related to virtual private networks (VPN) alongside secure communication links, while a federal jury had found in 2016 that Apple Inc. had been using VirnetX’s technology without permission for years and awarded a stark sum of $302 million in punitive measures.
However, later another judge had increased that amount nearly 50 per cent to $439.7 million including expenses and interests. In tandem, Apple Inc. said in its appeal in the US Supreme Court that the rulings of lower courts were “US Supreme Court refuses to hear Apple Inc.
appeal in patent fight with VirnetX,” however the appeal was rejected on Monday (February 24th) as beforementioned.