Marvell hit with billion-dollar verdict in patent case

A jury on Wednesday hit Marvell Technology Group with a billion-dollar verdict, ruling that the US chip maker "willfully" infringed on patents held by Carnegie Mellon University.

Northern California-based Marvell violated CMU patents on technology that increase the accuracy of reading data from high-speed , according to a verdict delivered in federal court in the state of Pennsylvania, where the university is based.

rejected the argument by Marvell that the CMU patents were not valid and ordered Marvel to pay $1.1 billion in , according to the K&L Gates legal team that represented the university at trial.

The award could be tripled based on a finding by jurors that the patent infringement by Marvell and subsidiary Marvell Semiconductor was "willful."

"We take special pride in this trial victory because of the decades-long relationship between our firm and Carnegie Mellon University and our deep appreciation for CMU's path breaking and leadership role in the Information Age," said law firm partner Peter Kalis.

Marvell did not respond to an AFP request for comment.


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Dec 27, 2012
I hope CMU is ethical enough to share the jackpot with whoever funded the research leading to the patents.

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