Apple faces a payment of $302.4m after losing again in its patent battle with VirnetX.
Reuters reported that a federal judge in Tyler, Texas ruled on Sunday that Apple must pay $302.4m in damages for infringing VirnetX’s patents in services including FaceTime and iMessage.
The damage award also includes the amount Apple must pay for the use of VirnetX technology in Virtual Private Network on Demand.
This verdict was the result of the third case since 2010 filed against Apple by VirnetX, a company that makes most of its money by licensing patented technology that creates virtual private networks over the internet.
VirnetX was awarded $368.2m in damages in 2012, but that ruling was partially overturned by the US Court of Appeal owing to discrepancies in how the jury was instructed to calculate damages.
Then, earlier this year, Apple was ordered to pay $625.6m in damages to VirnetX, but again that ruling was voided because the "repeated references to the earlier case could have confused jurors and were unfair to Apple".
However, the damages have now been set at $302.4m.
V3 has contacted Apple for comment on the latest on the case but received no reply at the time of publication.
Furthermore, Apple will face another court hearing to determine whether or not the company infringed on the patents wilfully. The ruling from this court hearing could lead to even higher damages.
The firm also faces a second lawsuit filed by VirnetX covering newer versions of Apple security features.
Apple isn't the only company that the patent troll has gunned after. Microsoft agreed to pay $200m to VirnetX in 2010 to obtain a licence for two patents covering communicating over the internet.
This ruling came after a federal jury in the same Texas court ordered Microsoft to pay $105.75m to the money-grabbing firm.
VirnetX then accused Microsoft in 2013 of infringing its patents in the firm's Skype service.
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