Dallas law firm wins another patent infringement trial for VirnetX
TYLER, Texas – The Dallas-based intellectual property and business litigation law firm Caldwell Cassady & Curry has won a unanimous $502.6 million patent infringement verdict for Nevada-based VirnetX Inc. (NYSEAMERICAN: VHC) against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.
The 8-0 verdict handed down April 10 by a jury of five women and three men followed roughly three hours of deliberations. The seven-day trial focused on four VirnetX patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 6,502,135; 7,490,151; 7,418,504; and 7,921,211).
Jurors determined Apple’s attempted redesign fell short following a 2016 trial that ended with a separate jury finding that the company infringed VirnetX’s patents with the popular Facetime and VPN on Demand features used in the iPhone and other Apple products.
VirnetX was represented at trial by Caldwell Cassady & Curry name principals Brad Caldwell, Jason Cassady and Austin Curry, along with firm associate Chris Stewart and Johnny Ward of Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC. The rest of the team at Caldwell Cassady & Curry provided pivotal help in preparing and trying the case.
In the second phase of the trial, the same jury will be asked to determine whether Apple willfully infringed VirnetX’s patents. A decision in favor of VirnetX could leave Apple liable for increased damages.
This marks the fourth consecutive trial Caldwell Cassady & Curry attorneys have won on behalf of VirnetX during the company’s continuing patent litigation against Apple. Six months before the previously mentioned 2016 verdict, the firm helped VirnetX win a $625.6 million award against Apple in another Eastern District case. In 2012, lawyers from the firm won VirnetX’s first victory against Apple when a separate jury awarded a $368 million verdict against Apple.
Caldwell Cassady & Curry represents companies and individuals in high-stakes civil litigation, including patent infringement cases, trade secrets claims, fiduciary duty cases, class actions, and disputes involving company founders. The firm has tried and won some of the nation’s top verdicts against the largest companies in the world.