Judge Upholds CMU’s $1.17B Patent Verdict

September 25, 2013

A federal judgein Pennsylvania says there’s no need for a new trial over a $1.17 billion patent infringement verdict that Carnegie Mellon University won last year against a California technology firm.

In a ruling issued Monday U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer says that Marvell Technology Group didn’t present convincing arguments for overturning the award or ordering a new trial. Marvell is based in Santa Clara, Calif.

In December a jury awarded the Pittsburgh-based university more than $1 billion based on a royalty of 50 cents per semiconductor for Marvell chips that used technology developed by a CMU professor and student. More than 2 billion chips were produced.

The verdict is expected to be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals, which reviews patent law decisions.

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