I am not a patent troll! Virnetx pushes back on attacks for patent suits
Virnetx Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28223 (March 1, 2013)
Virnetx is a small Nevada company with a reputation for litigiousness. In 2010, it sued multiple leading technology companies in federal court (E.D. Tex.), including Microsoft, Cisco, and Apple, alleging infringement of several patents for creating secure protocols for virtual private networks. It fared well against Microsoft, reaching a settlement for $200 million, and it did even better against Apple, winning a jury verdict of over $368 million. The latter suit is still alive. In fact, only a month ago, in August, the company announced it had been able to obtain two additional patents covering security technologies and would seek to incorporate them in its litigation with Apple, targeting the iPhone, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch.