The US patent in question is number 8,539,047 (the ’047 Patent entitled Apparatus, method and system for a tunnelling client access point). A company called ioengine, which owns the patent, involving secure USB devices, had alleged that Imation had wilfully infringed the IP in its IronKey products, which have on-board storage and processing capabilities.
The Delaware court jury found the infringement took place but was accidental, not wilful, and awarded ioengine the $11m.
Patent case in Delaware court - check
Very fuzzy patent definition - check
Smaller company goes after big company - check
Previous works that might make anyone with a technical background ask if its genuine innovation - Nope.
Tunnelling client access point, sounds very much like any point to point service, so SSL, IPSEC, VPN's or even client access point CAPWAP tunnelling technique all seem to fit the bill.
Does it really matter than its over a USB bus as opposed to an IP bus ? Is any part of that truly innovative, or was it just a good cast of a net that caught something and they gave it a tug ?