Judge upholds Carnegie Mellon's $1.17B patent award
- U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer denied Marvell Technology Group Ltd's request to have a $1.17 billion patent verdict reduced after a jury found that the company had infringed on two of Carnegie Mellon University's hard disk drive patents.
- Marvell said the university unreasonably delayed its pursuit of the claims, and the technology company sought to have the award lowered by $620 million.
- According to Carnegie Mellon, its delays were reasonable and were the result of it mostly only hearing "rumors" and "suspicions" about the infringement.
According to Marvell, Carnegie Mellon's knowledge of the alleged infringement dates back to six years before the lawsuit, filed in 2009. The university argues that no prejudice resulted from the delay, but Marvell felt otherwise. Unfortunately for the chip-maker, Judge Fischer found that it had not met its burden of proof for that prejudice.
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