Yesterday, the U.S. Circuit Court ruled that Apple had infringed two of VirnetX’s four patents, and the other two did not infringe, with a separate announcement of the amount of damages.
There may be some small partners to be surprised, Apple’s importance on patents, we have more or less heard of – a phone added rounded to run to register the patent of the patent madman how can it be infringing?
Even if in the past we heard and Apple-related patent news, it is generally apple with a certain patent run to find friends to ask for money, the result of this time, Apple has become debt-collecting?
This time, in fact, Apple is in the face of a patent hooligan: in 2010, Apple announced the iPhone 4 and FaceTime video phone features. At that time, Joe gang owner is still alive, standing on the stage to show everyone how to make a video phone call.
There was a wave of WiFi in the words and out of the slot.
As a result, a company called VirnetX jumped out, accusing Apple’s FaceTime, iMessage, and VPN settings on their phones of infringing four of their communications-related patents.
VirnetX announces Apple’s infringement of four of its patents
Apple, of course, was unconvinced, and for the next 10 years, the two parties were in the midst of a VirnetX lawsuit, a district court ruling, apple’s appeal, and a federal court rejection.
But Apple has not been much cheaper on repeated appeals. Instead, Apple’s compensation has risen from $368 million to $503 million today. (approximately RMB 3,508 million)
Yesterday’s ruling, which looked like a $503 million claim, was actually found to have committed two infringements by Apple, which may have actually hit a hard bone this time.
Turn around and look at the VirnetX side, as the share price is up 10% after another court victory over Apple.
In addition to Apple, Microsoft has fallen short of VirnetX, which is being sued for a much the same reason as Apple’s FaceTime: VirnetX accuses Microsoft’s Skype video chat feature of infringing its network security-related patents.
Although Microsoft also asked for an appeal at first, but did not know how, insisted on less than a year to lose the battle, honestly lost VirnetX $23 million. (approximately RMB 160 million)
It was later reported that Cisco and Siemens had also received a lawsuit from VirnetX, but it was not clear what exactly would be paid…
In addition to fighting lawsuits everywhere, VirnetX seems quite right: after a slight look at the information, he learned that it was an Internet security and technology company that had more than 100 patents registered around the world.
On the basis of these patents, VirnetX developed a technology called “Gabriel Secure Connection”, registered ownership of the secure domain name .scom, and later developed remote collaboration software called “Gabriel Secure Collaboration Suite”.
But whether it’s the so-called .scom domain or Gabrielsecurity’s secure writing kit, the poor reviews have never been heard of before. And it’s not just that the bad reviews have never heard of them, it seems that even VirnetX itself doesn’t care much about the lives of these two products.
On VirnetX’s official website, there is an official press release section, and after browsing all 146 news stories, the review-reviewed all 146 stories reveal that most of the content is “We applied for a XX patent,” “We filed a lawsuit against XX” or “We won the case with XX.”
In 2010, VirnetX issued a press release about the company’s bottom line, announcing that second-quarter revenue exceeded $20 million (approximately $140 million), which at first glance looked like a promising technology company.
But in fact, it was virnetX and Microsoft who were fighting a lawsuit, and Microsoft gave VirnetX a $20 million settlement fee — that is, VirnetX had no entry for three months except after receiving the settlement from Microsoft.
The evidence is thrown to the face, poor judge jun if it can not be recognized this is a family by eating patent litigation to live rogue company, I am afraid it is really milk tea drink more brain drink confused.
But in any case, the word “patent” in most of us is still quite weighty: since the successful registration of patents, but also to allow the court in accordance with the patent penalty, and then people are patent hooligans is not appropriate.
For example, Ayfan has previously reported on a VirnetX and Apple lawsuit, and there are a lot of brothers in the comments section who have given VirnetX a bad story…
The scene is a little fragrant.
So the poor judge this decision to help everyone to do a good trick, VirnetX in the end on what patent to win Apple. The first thing the bad judge will do next is to go to the U.S. Patent Office’s database and check what patents VirnetX has.
There may be some small partners who think that a patent has been registered, and no one else can grasp the core details of the patented technology. In fact, the opposite is true: after the patent is filed, all the technical details will be made available online.
It’s as if the teacher has published the students’ full compositions — we can only learn, but not copy them. Who copied, others can see at a glance, but also have to be punished.
Upon enquiry, we found that VirnetX currently holds 51 valid patents in the U.S., most of which are related to network security. (Dynamic VPN address assignment, secure connection across devices within VPN, secure connection through secure DNS)
In Apple’s lawsuit, VirnetX sued Apple for infringing four patents, 6502135, 7490151, 7418504, and 7921211, and the judge ruled that Apple had infringed the first two patents.
So let’s take a look at Patent No. 6502135, which is a highly available secure communications agile network protocol.
The whole article is a bit long, about 35,000 words, the poor judge here will not let go, but after the whole patent, the poor review jun feel a little shy:
At the beginning of the first talk about the anonymous multi-node network routing protocol, this I understand, Tor onion routing network, dark web transactions, foreign journalists are using this thing.
Then the picture wind turned again, how to intercept the user’s network communication through a transparent DNS agent.
This I also understand, the Great Wall broadband is the use of this method, only to let some users access the Internet fast, some users on the Internet slowly.
After painting the wind again turn, give you a bit of the basic principles of TCP and UDP protocol…
TCP and UDP are the two most core underlying protocols in the Internet world.
See here, the patent is gone, 35,000 words are gone, big brother, said half a day is someone else’s things, your own technology? When I wrote my graduation thesis, I didn’t dare to drink so much water…
Oh yes, there are two typos in this patent.
Interconnection (interconnection) is written as the interco “m” ection
Network Window 1 (W1) is written as Network Window I (WI)
Another patent, “Building a Secure Network Connection Based on DNS Requests,” is no different from this, just changing the relationship between a few typos.
But this looked a little water, cited a lot of open source technology introduction of the paper, and finally really got the judge’s approval, but also really let Apple and Microsoft eat.
In fact, this has something to do with most countries’ patent systems: in most countries, registrants are allowed to modify and issue new patents based on open source technology, so companies like VirnetX can register patents like this.
Once registered, the patent is valid — as long as the later person’s technical realization is somewhat close to the patent, the patent holder can run over to make a touch of porcelain.
This led to the story of VirnetX running over with a patent to blackmail Apple’s Microsoft Cisco, who could only admit it — who told people to really go one step ahead of the patent.
However, I hope that in the future the patent laws of other countries can really constrain this behavior, so that the patent really protect the rights and interests, rather than let people fish in the water.