Carnegie Mellon Gets Patent Award Upped To $1.5B

By David McAfee (March 31, 2014, 9:27 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday added more than $366 million to Carnegie Mellon University's patent infringement jury award — now totaling $1.54 billion — against Marvell Technology Group Ltd. in a dispute over disk drive technology patents, while denying CMU's bid for enhanced damages at a higher rate.

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer rejected Marvell's motion to reduce the judgment by $620 million under a laches defense in January, affirming a jury's 2012 $1.17 billion verdict and saying that to cut more than half of it would reward Marvell for disregarding notice of the patents. Just one month later,...

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