Ward, Smith & Hill helps Secure VirnetX $502.8M Patent Win Against Apple

TYLER, Texas – An East Texas jury has awarded $502.8 million to software and technology company VirnetX (NYSE: VHC) for damages the company suffered from Apple’s unauthorized use of its patented network security technology.

In reaching its damages verdict, the jury determined that Apple owed VirnetX $0.84 in damages for each Apple device used since the launch of the Apple iOS 7 mobile operating system.

The verdict involved U.S. Patents No. 6,502,135 and No. 7,490,15, and was reached October 30 in Judge Robert W. Schroeder III’s courtroom in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.

The latest trial is the fourth VirnetX patent dispute with Apple that firm founder Johnny Ward has assisted since 2016 as part of the legal team representing VirnetX. That same year, he helped secure $625.6 million and $302 million patent verdicts against Apple.

In addition to Mr. Ward, VirnetX was also represented by Caldwell Cassady & Curry, including lead attorney Brad Caldwell along with Jason Cassady, Austin Curry, Chris Stewart, Hamad Hamad, Daniel Pearson, John Summers and Warren McCarty.

The case is VirnetX Inc., et al. v. Apple Inc., No. 6:12-CV-00855, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

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Longview, Texas-based Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC, has tried more than 350 cases to verdict, earning a national reputation in high-stakes claims involving complex commercial litigation, intellectual property law, oil and gas matters, bad faith insurance claims, and serious personal injury claims. The firm frequently assists lawyers nationwide in complex cases before Texas juries. To learn more about the firm, visit https://www.wsfirm.com.