VirnetX adds to patent suit against tech companies

Santa Cruz Sentinel

SCOTTS VALLEY — VirnetX Holding Corp., a small Internet security software and technology company, has added new claims to two patent infringement lawsuits pending in federal court against numerous large technology companies, the company announced this week.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently granted VirnetX a new patent for “agile network protocol for secure communications using secure domain names.” The technology in that patent would be involved in the ongoing litigation against Cisco Systems, Apple, Aastra, NEC Corp., Mitel Networks and Siemens Enterprise Communications, VirnetX said.

“We are very pleased with the grant of this new patent,” said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX chief executive officer and president. “We believe that it bolsters our patent portfolio and strengthens our current legal activities and licensing efforts.”

VirnetX also added allegations that Apple’s iPad 2 infringes its patents.
VirnetX already had claimed that Apple’s iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad 2 infringed on its patents.

Two cases are pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, where VirnetX successfully sued Microsoft Corp. in a similar lawsuit last year.

Shares were up $1.37 to close at $27.25 Thursday. In the last year, shares have traded between $4.03 and $28.89.

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