Apple Hit With $19M Verdict In OPTi Patent Suit

Law360, New York (April 24, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Texas jury has handed down a $19 million verdict against Apple Inc., ruling that the computing giant infringed an OPTi Inc. patent related to predictive snooping technology.

In a verdict issued Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the jury ruled that Apple had willfully infringed OPTi's patent, titled “Predictive snooping of cache memory for master-initiated accesses,” and awarded OPTi more than $19 million. Predictive snooping technology involves computer memory and information transfers.

The five-day trial in the litigation, which...
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