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Apple to challenge $368M patent infringement verdict

Gregg Keizer | April 29, 2013
Apple will challenge a November 2012 jury verdict that awarded $368 million in damages to Nevada patent-holding company VirnetX, a filing with U.S. regulators showed.

But in a revised support document published this week -- first noticed by MacRumors -- Apple changed its mind. "Apple no longer plans to change the behavior of the VPN On Demand feature of iOS 6.1 for devices that have already been shipped," the revamped document stated. "The 'Always' option will continue to work as it currently does on these devices."

As MacRumors noted, the security firm Mobile Active Defense had published a white paper ( download PDF) taking Apple to task for the VPN changes, claiming that it would result in security risks to companies' networks as workers connect, or try to, from iPhones and iPads.

While MacRumors and other Apple blogs speculated that Apple's backtracking on the VPN changes stemmed from Apple and VirnetX striking an agreement, that seems unlikely, what with Apple's motions still before Judge Davis and its promise to challenge the infringement verdict.


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