Apple infringed patents with FaceTime service, court finds

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A court in Texas has ordered Apple to pay VirnetX $368 million in damages after it was found to have infringed the software developer’s patents

Apple has been found guilty of infringing patents used for its FaceTime video-calling service.

The California-based company must pay $368 million in damages to VirnetX, which also brought cases against Microsoft, Cisco and NEC. The company had hoped for $700 million in damages.

VirnetX, who develop software and technology, has also filed a complaint against Apple to the US International Trade Commission claiming unfair trade practices.

Apple denied infringement, but VirnetX’s lawyer Doug Cawley said: “For years Apple refused to pay fair value for the VirnetX patents. Apple says they don’t infringe. But Apple developers testified that they didn’t pay any attention to anyone’s patents when developing their system.”

The company is currently suing Cisco, Avaya and Siemens Enterprise over the same patents, with the hearing expected in March 2013.

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