Intellectual Property Roundup

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Jury: Apple must pay $626 million to patent troll VirnetX (Ars Technica)
Apple lost a $626 million suit against the patent troll VirnetX where it was found that Apple infringed upon every single patent claim at hand.

U.S. Investigates Toyota, BMW, Volkswagen for Patent Infringement (Computerworld)
The U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating charges of patent infringement by Advanced Silicon Technologies that several car companies infringe on its patents related to car infotainment systems.

Arista Just Lost a Patent Round Against Cisco and Could Face an Import Ban (PC World)
The U.S. International Trade Commission found that Arista Networks violated three Cisco patents on networking technologies.  This win could block the importation of Arista products into the United States.

Nokia Patent Sales Forecast from Samsung Deal Hits Shares (Reuters)
Nokia’s shares fell by more than 10% after it settled a patent dispute with Samsung.  This comes after Nokia said its deal with Samsung would like Nokia’s sales to around 1.02 billion euros in 2015 from 578 million euros in 2014.

Tech, Auto Companies Form Nonprofit to Disarm Patent Trolls (Government Technology)
Several tech companies have joined the nonprofit, LOT network to solve the problem of patent trolling by cross-licensing their patents so they cannot be sued by trolls.

Christopher Christopher Mohr is General Counsel and VP, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement at SIIA.