Federal Circuit Issues Decisions in Patent Office Proceedings
Patents Involved in Decisions are not Patents Involved in Apple Cases
ZEPHYR COVE, Nevada.,– December 09, 2016 – VirnetX™ Holding Corporation (NYSE MKT: VHC), an Internet security software and technology company, announced today that on December 9, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued three decisions in appeals stemming from inter partes review proceedings IPR2014-00237, IPR2014-00238, IPR2014-00403, IPR2014-00404, IPR2014-00481, IPR2014-00482, and inter partes reexamination 95/001,949. In the first decision, Appeal No. 15-1934, dealing with IPR2014-00237 and IPR2014-00238, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision to invalidate claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,504,697 (’697). Judge O’Malley dissented, indicating she “would reverse.” In the second decision, Appeal No. 16-1211, dealing with IPR2014-00403, IPR2014-00404, IPR2014-00481, and IPR2014-00482, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision to invalidate claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,188,180 (’180) and 7,987,274 (’274). In the third decision, Appeal No. 16-1480, dealing with inter partes reexamination 95/001,949 the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision to invalidate claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,051,181 (’181).
“We are disappointed by and disagree with the Federal Circuit’s decisions affirming the Patent Trial and Appeal Board,” said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. “However, we are heartened by the strong dissent in one of the appeals. We are evaluating all of our options, including potentially seeking rehearing en banc.”
VirnetX has two currently-pending patent infringement lawsuits against Apple Inc., in United States Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. The Apple I case and Case No. 6:12-cv-00855 (“Apple II”) which covers issues of alleged infringement, damages and willfulness by Apple’s redesigned VOD in iOS 7 and 8, the redesigned FaceTime in iOS 7 and 8 and OS X 10.9 and 10.10 and iMessage. None of the patents considered in these decisions are at issue in the Apple I or Apple II cases pending against Apple. Those matters include U.S. Patent Nos. 6,502,135, 7,490,151, 7,418,504, and 7,921,211.
VirnetX Holding Corporation is an Internet security software and technology company with patented technology for secure communications including 4G LTE security. The Company’s software and technology solutions, including its secure domain name registry and Gabriel Connection Technology™, are designed to facilitate secure communications and to create a secure environment for real-time communication applications such as instant messaging, VoIP, smart phones, eReaders and video conferencing. The Company’s patent portfolio includes over 115 U.S. and international patents and over 50 pending applications. For more information, please visit www.virnetx.com
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