Judge upholds federal jury’s decision in VirnetX v. Apple patent suit

Apple suffered a legal setback earlier this week as it was ordered by a US District Court to pay intellectual property and patent holding company VirnetX a sum of more than $330,000 (£217,000) per day until the case is resolved.

The court upheld an earlier decision by a federal jury that handed down a $368.2 million (£243 million) verdict in favour of VirnetX, finding Apple to have infringed on the firm's patents related to a particular networking technology that enables two devices set up a secure connection. VirnetX has accused Apple of violating four such networking patents in its FaceTime video chat feature.

The original jury's verdict was that several Apple products, including the iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPod Touch 5, iPad Mini and its latest line-up of Mac computers, all infringe on VirnetX's patents.

The steep daily fine is intended to spur the companies into reaching a settlement as quickly as possible with regards to how the patents will be licensed for use by Apple in the future. If the two firms are unable to reach an agreement, the court may order them to pay further damages.