VirnetX has announced that is has filed a patent suit against Apple, Cisco, NEC, and Aastra, claiming that all of these companies are infringing on five separate patents they hold. Computerworld further expands on the story by stating that Apple is under fire for infringment by the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad and a two […]
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Apple Under Legal Fire for VPN on iOS

VirnetX has announced that is has filed a patent suit against Apple, Cisco, NEC, and Aastra, claiming that all of these companies are infringing on five separate patents they hold. Computerworld further expands on the story by stating that Apple is under fire for infringment by the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad and a two patents regarding virtual private networking (VPN) technologies.

Wednesday’s suit claimed that Apple’s iPhone — all models, including the newest iPhone 4 — iPod Touch and iPad infringed a pair of VirnetX patents.

One of the two that Apple allegedly infringed — identified as Patent No. 6,502,135 — was also one of the pair that VirnetX said Microsoft violated.

The patent cited in both lawsuits, titled “Agile network protocol for secure communications with assured system availability,” describes technologies for creating and managing a virtual private networking (VPN) connection.

Worth noting is that Microsoft came under fire for the same patent infringement. Microsoft finally reached an agreement with VirnetX for $200 million and license for the property. One of the patents that Apple is reportedly stepping on is the same one that Microsoft got clobbered for.

Additionally, this suit was filed in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, which is a popular location for such patents disputes because of the area’s plaintiff-friendly judgements. Leonard Davis, the judge in charge of the case, was also in charge of the Microsoft case, and is known to rule in favor of the plaintiffs in such cases.

It certainly doesn’t look like Apple is going to get out of this crooked mess. They’ll be coughing up money.

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