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April 09, 2013

VirnetX Identifies an Additional 3GPP Specification

VirnetX, a software firm specializing in Internet security and technology, has announced that it is updating its licensing declaration to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS).

“We believe that VirnetX invented technologies are essential to securing the rapidly growing 4G/LTE networks," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and president. "VirnetX remains strong and undaunted as we continue to execute on our long-term strategy to become a key provider of technology and intellectual property required for making communications secure over the 4G/LTE networks."

VirnetX has identified a developing specification in 3GPPLTE, SAE project to which the company’s patents might be essential.

The specification is detailed as 3GPP TS 36.300, "Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access (E-UTRA) and Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network (E-UTRAN); Overall description; Stage 2" Release 10 or prior.

This brings the total number of specifications applicable to VirnetX’s patents up to 18. VirnetX is willing to grant non-exclusive uses to companies wishing to license its patents to build technology to secure wireless networks.

The company recently sued Cisco for patent infringement, unsuccessfully, but is attempting to get a new trial based on what it believes was inappropriate conduct by Cisco at the original trial.

“VirnetX fully believes in the jury system. We hope that with a new trial, a jury can decide the issues of infringement and damages based on the judge's instructions and the merits of our claim," Larsen said. "These events will not deter our licensing efforts to the 4G LTE mobile markets.

The European Patent Office has granted VirnetX a patent for third-party VPN certification technology, reportedly a valuable addition to the company’s patent portfolio.

“We are focused on Research and Development especially as it pertains to our Gabriel Connection Technology, and this EPO action shows that we are committed to expanding our Intellectual Property Rights worldwide," Larsen said.

Edited by Braden Becker

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