VirnetX Re-Files ITC Complaint Against Apple
iPhone 5 Added to the Case
ZEPHYR COVE, Nevada.,– September 17, 2012 – VirnetX™ Holding Corporation (NYSE MKT: VHC), an Internet security software and technology company, today announced that on September 14, 2012, its wholly-owned subsidiary, VirnetX, Inc. has re-filed its complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple Inc has engaged in unfair trade practices by the importation, sale for importation, and sale after importation of certain devices with secure communication capabilities that infringe one or more claims of VirnetX’s U.S. Patent No. 8,051,181 (“the ‘181 patent”). The accused products include the latest iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Macintosh computers.
The complaint was filed jointly with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] to remove a procedural standing issue that was identified as the reason for dismissal of VirnetX’s previous complaint. VirnetX had acquired a portion of its portfolio from SAIC in 2006. VirnetX has requested that the ITC institute an investigation into Apple’s allegedly infringing imports and ultimately issue an Exclusion Order to bar importation of those Apple products. VirnetX also seeks a Cease and Desist Order to bar further sales and other domestic commercial activities of infringing Apple products that have already been imported. VirnetX expects that the ITC investigation will formally commence on or about October 13, 2012, and that the case will be tried in the second half of 2013.
“We feel confident that our re-filing satisfies all previous ITC issues,” said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. “We now look forward to our case schedule and assignment of an Administrative Law Judge. We believe the merits of our complaint are strong and substantial.”
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 20 U.S. and 26 international patents and over 100 pending applications. For more information, please visit www.virnetx.com.
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