Apple’s popular iMessages as used on an iPad.Robert S. Donovan
Patent troll VirnetX, fresh on the heels of a $626 million FaceTime and iMessages patent victory over Apple, now wants a federal judge to permanently turn off those popular features.
VirnetX on Wednesday also asked the judge presiding over the litigation to increase the damages the East Texas jury awarded in February by another $190 million or more. Apple wants a retrial, claiming that VirnetX’s lawyers misrepresented evidence to the jury and that the evidence presented at trial didn’t support infringement. The gadget maker said it also should not have to pay royalties, according to Law360 (subscription required), which attended Wednesday’s hearing (PDF).
Apple “argued that VirnetX is improperly trying to secure an overly broad injunction so that it can be used to extract a massive licensing fee,” Law360 reported. Apple’s documents connected to the issue are lodged under seal. However, VirnetX’s post-trial demands (PDF) are in the public record.
The dispute stems from a jury ruling in February that favored VirnetX in respect to the four patents at issue. The Apple products include VPN on Demand, FaceTime, and the iMessage platform. VirnetX, according to a court filing, wants those services blocked because…