Unflappable Patent Troll Not Satisfied With $368 Million Apple Payday

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VirnetX is not a company that, strictly speaking, makes things. It is, instead, a company that collects patents the way joyless millionaires collect hermetically sealed comic books: for profit. And while it just scored an impressive $368 million in a successful Apple lawsuit, it's not stopping there. It's out for a full-on iPhone, iPad, and Mac ban.


It's unclear what VirnetX stands to gain from its broad ITC complaint against Apple products, other than some go-away money. But, as AllThingsD reports, Apple's expected to both appeal the ruling and fight the ban vigorously.

These kinds of lawsuits happen all the time, and even if Apple ends up having to pay out, it's just pocket change when you've got $117 billion cash on hand. It's mostly just impressive that VirnetX hasn't just declared victory and departed the field. Troll on, you destroyers of our legal system and corrupters of innovation! Troll on. [AllThingsD via CultofMac]



So let me make sure I understand this...you want this company to fold, go out of business, stop doing what they do, because...why? You don't like what they do? Should we pass some legislation that says that anything Brian Barrett disapproves of is exempt from the liberties of capitalism and the free market, or doesn't qualify for equal protection by the exact same laws that allow Apple, for instance, to exclusively make a product that nets them four billion dollars a quarter? How are they corrupting innovation or destroying the legal system when they're doing the exact same thing as Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, and all the other big players, all of whom use the same tactics in the same game. Yet you argue for tipping the playing field for the company that has $117 billion in the bank?

I got a better idea: let's argue for a reform of our stupid patent and copyright system that's bought and paid for by corporate giants who apparently have Gizmodo writers in their pocket as well.