Apple files for a mistrial in $625 million iMessage and FaceTime patent suit

Apple has filed for a mistrial in a patent infringement suit just days after being ordered to pay $ 625.6 million in damages. VirnetX, which is regularly described as a “patent troll,” sued Apple claiming it infringed on four patents related to communications protocols patents used in iMessage, FaceTime, and VPN on Demand, as well as the Apple devices using the software. Apple was found guilty on all claims, but the company now says lawyers for VirnetX used “arguments outside the evidence and blatantly misrepresented the testimony of Apple’s witnesses” in closing arguments this week, according to legal blog Texas Lawyer.

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The case was filed in Tyler, Texas in the state’s Eastern District, a region well known for granting victories to…

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