Jury Says Marvell Owes France Telecom $1.7M At Patent Trial

By Vin Gurrieri (October 2, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT) -- A California federal jury has determined that Marvell Semiconductor Inc. infringed a France Telecom SA patent on the error-correction code used in many mobile phone chips, but that the infringement wasn't willful, and ordered Marvell to pay $1.7 million in damages.

The Tuesday verdict concludes the two-week patent infringement trial in which France Telecom had said in its closing arguments that Marvell should pay roughly $10 million for signing deals to supply mobile devices with 3G chips that infringed U.S. Patent Number 5,446,747. The jury's $1.7 million award was well below the damages France Telecom had sought.

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