The court ruled the verdict as 'tainted' since incorrect instructions were given to the jury during trial.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, a Washington-based court that handles patent dispute appeals, ruled the verdict was “tainted” by erroneous jury instructions in the case. The court also held some trial testimony from a VirnetX expert should have been excluded from the case.
At issue were VirnetX claims the FaceTime feature on Apple devices, as well as a feature related to virtual private networks, infringed the firm’s patents.
Although the $368 million verdict was thrown out, the court did rule that Apple did violate some of VirnetX's patents. The case will now go back to a trial court for further proceedings to redetermine damages.