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Patent troll wants Apple to shut down iMessage and FaceTime

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Previously, VirnetX was awarded $625 million in the case after it convinced the jury that Apple committed patent infringement.

If the judge grants the injunction, Apple will be forced to either suspend iMessage and FaceTime or find a last-minute workaround to the patented technology.

In asking for the injunction, VirnetX argued that although forcing a company to shut down two of its most popular services may seem excessive, it s necessary because the infringement has done irreparable harm to VirnetX.

VirnetX has been labeled as a patent troll, or a lawyer-led company that merely exists to acquire phony patents to take bigger companies to court and get hefty settlements.

Why this matters: Although injunctions during patent infringement cases are not uncommon, they have become less frequent since a 2006 Supreme Court decision in favor of eBay.

Because VirnetX s previous multimillion-dollar win was overturned on appeal, the company may be using this injunction to prevent that from happening again—basically to scare Apple away from contesting the $625 million decision.

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