Marvell to pay $1.2 billion
The patent infringement lawsuit brought by Carnegie Mellon University against Marvell Technology Group and Marvell Semiconductor Inc. alleged "that at least nine types of Marvell's circuits used its inventions," reported Investors Business Daily. The jury agreed that Marvell used patents that were built upon the work of Carnegie Mellon University professor Jose Moura and former student Alek Kavcic. As a result, Marvell is to pay $1.2 billion to the university.
To be specific, Marvell must pay a whopping $1,169,140,271 to Carnegie Mellon University for patent infringement. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, "The finding of willful violation of a patent could multiply that figure by as much as three times if U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer opts for that remedy."
The law firm of K&L Gates represented Carnegie Mellon University. Attorney Kevin P. Johnson, of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP led the defense team for Marvell.