VirnetX wins patent, sues Apple

Santa Cruz Sentinel

VirnetX Holding Corp. a small internet security software and technology company which filed patent infringement charges against Apple Inc. and several other companies last year, has filed a new complaint against Apple, the company announced Tuesday.

The suit claims Apple infringes on a newly received patent relating to virtual private network technology which allows secure communication links between computers. VirnetX announced that it had secured the new patent Tuesday.

“We believe in the importance of the patent system to protect VirnetX’s innovations and intellectual property,” said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX chief executive officer and president, in a written statement. “This patent reinforces our high-quality patent portfolio and strengthens our current legal activities and licensing efforts.”

VirnetX seeks financial damages compensation and injunctive relief.

Last year, the company won a nearly $1.07 million settlement in a similar case against Microsoft Corp. and eventually secured a $200 million settlement and licensing agreement with Microsoft to resolve both that case and a second one.

Several months later, VirnetX filed a patent infringement suit against Apple, Cisco Systems, NEC Corp. and other companies, focusing on technology used in mobile devices, remote communication and virtual private networking. The case was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, where VirnetX won its case against Microsoft.

VirnetX shares closed Tuesday at $22.82, up $1.27.

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