VirnetX asserts new patent in Apple lawsuit
VirnetX Holding Corp. (www.virnetx.com), an Internet security software and technology company, says it's been granted two new patents, U.S. Patent No. 8,504,696 ("'696 patent"), System and Method Employing an Agile Network Protocol for Secure Communications Using Secure Domain Names, and U.S. Patent No. 8,504,697 ("'697 patent"), System and Method Employing an Agile Network Protocol for Secure Communications Using Secure Domain Names, by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
VirnetX also announced that it has filed papers with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking to add allegations that Apple, defendant in its currently-pending patent infringement lawsuit, "VirnetX Inc. et al v. Apple Inc.," (Case 6:12-cv-00855-LED) infringes the new '697 patent. The accused products in this lawsuit include the iPhone 5, fifth generation iPod touch, fourth generation iPad, the iPad mini and the latest Macs.
VirnetX filed its lawsuit against Apple in August 2010. The company claimed that Apple’s FaceTime and Message, a video chat application and SMS text-replacement, respectively, infringed on four of its patents.