FaceTime will cost $ 625 million to Apple

Video calls via FaceTime on the iPad will cost a lot of money and, not users, but Apple, who has been sentenced in court to pay an amount of 625.6 million dollars.

Apple must pay these 625.6 million dollars, because it used patented technologies without sufficiently remunerate the holder of those patents. The latter, the US firm VirnetX, did not appreciate and turned to Justice tells us Automatiseringgids . This week, the court decided that Apple had infringed VirnetX patent and ordered the giant to pay an increased fine for damages. Apple meanwhile has already said she was going to appeal this sentence.

Regulations on patents in the US

VirnetX is a company that develops itself any products, but is seeking patents. The only way for the firm to earn money is to sue on patents, an attitude that is the subject of much criticism.

According to Apple, the techniques used for FaceTime have been developed internally, and patents have been approached in this context. “This demonstrates once again that the patent settlement in the United States is not good. We hope a rapid reform of the entire patent system,” said a spokeswoman at Apple site news CNet .

A former trial revived by Samsung

Apple is also likely to be again involved in a lawsuit opposing the Samsung. The South Korean company has indeed introduced a request to that effect to the Supreme Court, but Apple is trying to prevent the continuation of the trial.

This is a patent case from 2012 that Samsung had lost. The result was that she had to pay Apple a total of $ 548 million. Samsung is not the only remains of vying for a pack of lawyers following the case closely, and 6 groups have even introduced what is called an ‘amicus declaration’, in which they insist that the we reopen the trial.

Market Impact

If the trial is reopened, it could have a serious impact on the market and for users, according to Samsung. Suppliers will think indeed twice before launching new technologies in the market, which may damage the offer. Apple responded by declaring to want to protect its intellectual property and not alter the market.

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