A company that says it invented a way to provide secure Internet connections on computers, tablets and smart phones is asking a federal jury to award it $708 million in royalties from Apple.
It is this invention which Short alleges Apple uses in its iPhone and iPad products. “I would like to work out a reasonable license with Apple if they would give us an avenue,” Short said.
Eric Albritton, a Longview attorney who is one of several attorneys representing Apple, said Wednesday in his opening statement that the company’s success came from its own hard work. The Virtual Private Network and FaceTime, which allows video calling from an iPhone, “has nothing to do with them,” Albritton said about VirnetX.
“The issue in this lawsuit comes solely down to determining whether the website is secure. They want $700 million for our hard work,” Albritton said.
The trial is expected to continue into next week.