Microsoft loses $106M patent verdict to VirnetX

A court in Texas has ordered Microsoft to pay communications software maker VirnetX $105.75 million after a jury found it guilty of willful infringement of two patents belonging to the company.

In a case that began more than two years ago, VirnetX accused Microsoft of infringing the two patents, which are related to communications security, at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

The willful nature of the infringement means Microsoft faces treble damages in the lawsuit, according to court documents. The original complaint was filed by VirnetX on Feb 15, 2007.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to questions about the case.

VirnetX built its patent portfolio from a CIA security project, according to the company. It expects Microsoft to appeal the decision.

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