Marvell Can't Halve Carnegie Mellon's $1.2B Patent Award

By Daniel Siegal (January 15, 2014, 6:25 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Tuesday that Marvell Technology Group Ltd. can't cut over half of a jury's $1.17 billion patent infringement verdict against it in a dispute with Carnegie Mellon University, saying doing so would reward Marvell for disregarding notice of the patents.

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer rejected Marvell's motion to reduce the judgment by $620 million under a laches defense, reaffirming a Pennsylvania jury's December 2012 verdict awarding $1.17 billion to Carnegie Mellon for Marvell's infringement of two patents covering disk drive technology.

Marvell had argued that because Carnegie Mellon suspected Marvell of infringement in 2003 —...

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