VirnetX and Microsoft Settle Pending Patent Disputes and Agree to Jointly Petition to Terminate IPR Proceedings as to Microsoft
ZEPHYR COVE, Nevada and REDMOND, WA – December 19, 2014 – VirnetX Holding Corporation (NYSE MKT: VHC) and Microsoft Corporation announced today that on December 17, 2014, VirnetX, Inc. and Microsoft Corporation have signed an Amended Settlement and License Agreement. This agreement amends and restates certain terms of the original Settlement and License Agreement, dated May 14, 2010, between VirnetX, Inc. and Microsoft Corporation. As a result of the agreement, the parties have settled their pending patent disputes.
Under the terms of the amended agreement, Microsoft has agreed to pay $23 million to VirnetX to settle the patent dispute and expand Microsoft’s license. The parties have also agreed to dismiss the patent infringement case brought by VirnetX, Inc. before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and jointly move to terminate the pending inter partes review proceedings between Microsoft and VirnetX, Inc. as to Microsoft. All other aspects of the agreement were not disclosed.
“We are pleased to have come to an agreement with Microsoft Corporation and put all our legal disputes behind us,” said Kendall Larsen, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of VirnetX, Inc. “This agreement allows us to focus our resources towards the release of our Gabriel Secure Communication Platform™ and Gabriel Collaboration Suite™ products in the first-half of 2015 and our ongoing licensing and strategic partnership efforts.”
“Microsoft Corporation is pleased to have come to an agreement with VirnetX and that the settlement includes an expanded license to VirnetX’s entire patent portfolio,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.
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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, smartphones, eReaders and video conferencing. The Company’s patent portfolio includes over 107 U.S. and international patents with over 100 pending applications. For more information, please visit www.virnetx.com.
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