Marvell Can't Get New Trial In $1B Carnegie Mellon IP Fight

By Dan Packel (August 23, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday upheld a $1.2 billion judgment imposed on Marvell Technology Group Ltd. for allegedly infringing Carnegie Mellon University's patents, dismissing the company's calls for a new trial.

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer rejected Marvell's allegations that Carnegie Mellon's attorneys had made prejudicial comments during closing arguments that served to inflame the jury, which awarded Carnegie Mellon roughly $1.17 billion in damages on Dec. 26, 2012, after finding Marvell had infringed patents related to technology for increasing the accuracy with which hard disk drive circuits read data from high-speed magnetic disks.

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