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SCOTTS VALLEY — VirnetX, a small Internet security software and technology company that sued Apple Inc. last year for patent infringement, has filed more complaints against the company, this time with the U.S. International Trade Commission.
VirnetX, announced Monday that it has asked the ITC to issue an exclusion order barring importation of Apple iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macintosh computers because they infringe on one or more patents involving secure communications. The company just received the patent last week and added it to an ongoing patent infringement suit against Apple and others.
The company also seeks a cease-and-desist order barring further sales of those products already imported. An ITC investigation should begin in about a month, according to VirnetX.
The complaint is one in a series of legal challenges to large technology companies. Last year, after winning a $1.065 million jury verdict against Microsoft in a patent infringement suit, VirnetX won a $200 million settlement with Microsoft Corp. involving patents and licensing issues.
“We believe that the ITC plays a valuable role in protecting U.S. industries and in preventing unfair trade practices,” Kendall Larsen, VirnetX chief executive officer and president, said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to the ITC vindicating our substantial and significant efforts to innovate.”
The company’s patent portfolio includes 20 U.S. and 20 international patents and more than 100 pending applications.
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