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Apple iPad 2 Included in Communications Patent Case

Apple has joined the likes of Cisco, NEC and Aastra in a lawsuit initiated by VirnetX over a patent that it argues, the three companies have infringed by releasing products that includes its secure data communication IP.

The patent, called “Agile Network Protocol for Secure Communications Using Secure Domain Names”, has apparently been used in "every version of the iPhone" that Apple has produced plus the iPod Touch and both iPad tablets.

Macobserver (opens in new tab) reports that VirtnetX defines itself as “Internet security software and technology company… engaged in commercializing its patent portfolio by developing a licensing program as well as developing software products designed to create a secure environment for real-time communication applications such as instant messaging, VoIP, smart phones, eReaders and video conferencing.”

It is not known whether VirnetX may decide to go after other big telecommunications companies like Nokia, Motorola or even Microsoft.

While we wouldn't call VirnetX a patent troll, it is worth noting that the patent infringement suit was filed last year in the Tyler Division of U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas, one which historically has not favoured the defending party in patent infringement suits.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.