Apple hit with $0.5 billion bill for patent violation with FaceTime, iMessage and VPN on Demand

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Apple has been ordered to pay $502.6 million in damages after a federal jury in Eastern Texas found that the company had violated patents owned by VirnetX. The intellectual property battle — relating to FaceTime, iMessage and VPN on Demand — started back in 2010, with VirnetX claiming that Apple was violating four of its patents pertaining to communication security. Having been slapped with a $0.5 billion bill, it now remains to be seen whether Apple will actually stump up the cash. See also: Apple launches iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition to raise money for HIV/AIDS…

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