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Marvell faces huge patent fine

Posted: 28 Dec 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patents  infringement  magnetic disks  verdict 

US-based chip maker Marvell has been ordered to pay $1.17 billion in damages after finding it infringed on two patents held by Carnegie Mellon University.

According to a verdict delivered in federal court in the state of Pennsylvania, Marvell violated two Carnegie Mellon University patents on technology that increase the accuracy of reading data from high-speed magnetic disks.

It is said that the sum could be tripled by the judge because the jury has also said the act had been "willful."

Carnegie Mellon sued Marvell in 2009 in the federal court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, alleging the company had infringed patents covering technology associated with "noise predictive detection," which is used to increase accuracy in retrieving data from drives, reported Wall Street Journal.

�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 pathbreaking and leadership role in the Information Age,� stated K&L Gates, a law firm representing Carnegie Mellon University case.

However, Marvell and Marvell Semiconductor Inc. said the company believe that the evidence and the law do not support the jury�s findings of infringement, validity and the award of damages.

"There are strong grounds for appeal and Marvell and MSI will seek to overturn the verdict in post-trial motions before the District Court and, if necessary, to appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.," Marvell said in its statement. The company intends to "vigorously challenge the judgment through all appropriate post trial motions and appeal processes.

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