A US court has asked Apple to pay $502.6 million in a patent suit to the intellectual property hoarder VirnetX — widely known as “patent troll”. Also Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 crore
According to a report in Engadget on Wednesday, the court in Eastern Texas issued the order after VirnetX filed a lawsuit against the tech giant accusing it of infringing its intellectual properties. Also Read - Apple iOS 15, iPadOS 15 beta 4 released: What’s new, how to download
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“The evidence was clear. Tell the truth and you don’t have to worry about anything,” VirnetX chief Kendall Larsen was quoted as saying.
The original suit was filed in 2010 by VirnetX.
The previous appeal was in October 2017 when Apple was ordered to pay $439.7 million.
According to The Verge, while VirnetX is based in Nevada, the suit was filed in east Texas which is more patent troll-friendly.