VirnetX is expanding the scope of its lawsuit against Apple, Cisco, NEC and Aastra now that it has been awarded a new patent related to secure data communication. The company is also targeting the recently released iPad 2 in its new filing.
The company’s newest patent is titled “Agile Network Protocol for Secure Communications Using Secure Domain Names.”
VirnetX adds iPad 2 to patent infringement case
With its updated filing, VirnetX is claiming every version of the iPhone Apple has ever made, along with the iPod touch, iPad and now the iPad 2 infringe on its patents.
VirnetX filed its patent infringement suit in August, 2010, in the Tyler Division of U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas — a court that has a reputation for favoring plaintiffs in patent infringement suits. At the time, VirnetX described itself as an “Internet security software and technology company… engaged in commercializing its patent portfolio by developing a licensing program as well as developing software products designed to create a secure environment for real-time communication applications such as instant messaging, VoIP, smart phones, eReaders and video conferencing.”
Company CEO and president, Kendall Larson said that its new patent “bolsters our patent portfolio and strengthens our current legal activities and licensing efforts.”
Apple has not commented on VirnetX’s lawsuit.