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Apple Must Pay VirnetX $503 Million in Security-Patent Trial

  • Verdict is part of 10-year fight over secure communications
  • Jury asked to determine damages on patent infringement
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Apple Inc. was told to pay VirnetX Holding Corp. $502.8 million, the latest jury verdict in a decade-long saga over patents for secure communications.

The jury in Tyler, Texas, reached its verdict in about 90 minutes. It was asked to decide only how much Apple owes VirnetX in royalties for VPN on Demand, a feature that allows users access to virtual private networks. An appeals court had upheld an infringement finding regarding VPN on Demand.