On February 24th the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Apple’s appeal against a $440 million patent infringement case against VirnetX a decade ago,media reported. VirnetX initially received $302 million in damages in a VPN-related patent dispute in October 2016, but Apple’s multiple appeals, plus interest and other costs, later increased to $440 million.
Apple said in its appeal that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office had removed “critical parts” of several patents involved in the case, but the court reversed the cancellation. To that end, Apple continued to appeal to the Supreme Court, which chose not to intervene.
The case is one of two apples that have been with VirnetX over the years. In another case, VirnetX initially received $502 million in damages, but late last year the infringement ruling was partially overturned and the case was sent back to a lower court to determine the new amount. Apple tried to challenge the validity of the remaining two patents, but just two weeks ago the court rejected a review of the case.