VirnetX Shares Popped: What You Need to Know


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What: Shares of wireless technology licensor VirnetX (ASE: VHC) are soaring today, jumping as much as 18.7% on fairly heavy volume.

So what:Yesterday, VirnetX crashed as the U.S. Patent Office opened a review of an important patent at the behest of Apple (NAS: AAPL) and Cisco Systems (NAS: CSCO) . Today, share prices are back where they were on Monday morning as management came out to reassure everyone that the review was totally expected and might even be good for VirnetX.

Now what: "We welcome these reexamination proceedings as we believe the outcome will only further validate our patent," says CEO Kendall Larsen. The patent in question -- No. 6,502,135, if you're curious -- has been battle-tested before and could very well survive another reexamination. VirnetX is a development-stage company that depends on legal success for its very livelihood, and it hopes to become another InterDigital (NAS: IDCC) when it grows up. I'm a skeptic of this lottery-like business model, but lotteries are won every day. I just can't win because I won't play.

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