The patent holding company VirnetX has filed a court motion against Apple, asking a judge to rule that the company stop offering its FaceTime and iMessage features.
Earlier this year, a jury decided in favor of VirnetX over Apple, agreeing with VirnetX’s claims that Apple had violated its patents and used them in its FaceTime features. Apple has been ordered to pay $625 million to VirnetX in that case. Apple has since launched its appeal of the jury’s decision, but this week, VirnetX has asked an Eastern District of Texas court to file an injunction against Apple to stop them from offering FaceTime while the appeal makes its way through the legal system.
According to Law360 (subscription required):
VirnetX argued that although an injunction blocking Apple’s popular video chatting and messaging features, along with a virtual private network on demand feature, may seem like a harsh remedy, it is necessary because of the irreparable harm Apple’s infringement caused the company.
Apple has not yet responded to the latest motion by VirnetX.