Apple to Pay $625 Million to VirnetX

A federal jury has in Texas has decided that Apple must pay VirnetX Holding Corp. more than $625 million for using the patent licensing company’s Internet security technology without permission in its FaceTime and iMessage features. The award was more than the $532 million VirnetX had sought before the trial began on Jan. 25 in Tyler, Texas. The jury said Apple’s infringement was willful. The verdict, though a blow for Apple, does not pose a threat to the company, which reported in January that its cash pile had reached $216 billion. Still, the amount is high for a patent case.