Following a $200 million settlement in 2010 from Microsoft Corp. and a $368 million settlement from Apple Inc. last year, VirnetX is now looking directly at Cisco, asserting that the company is infringing on patents it acquired from government contractor SAIC.
With the trial set to begin next month, Chandler said the patents have been preliminarily declared invalid by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but would not comment on the impact of that on the trial. He also isn't worried about any momentum VirnetX may have from the Apple win, saying this case concerns different patents and different products. "We believe there is no infringement and will prove it."
Chandler, who actually lives in Washington, D.C., and spends about 10 days each month in Silicon Valley, loves to cook. At the end of his time in Paris he took a cooking class, "to help restore my work-life balance" as the dot-com bubble was peaking.
He also spends much of his spare time rebuilding homes and is currently working on his fourth and fifth remodels in D.C. and Monterey. He has also built a home in Palo Alto.
This article originally appeared in The Recorder.
This article originally appeared in The Recorder under the headline “Mark Chandler.”