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Carnegie Mellon asks judge to triple $1.17bn damages against Marvell

Wants even more for its two patents
Tue Feb 12 2013, 10:46

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY has asked a judge to triple the $1.17bn damages levied against Marvell for infringing two of its patents.

Marvell lost a patent case late last year in which it was found to have infringed two Carnegie Mellon University patents relating to hard drive controllers. Now the university has asked the judge to triple the $1.17bn in damages that was originally handed down against Marvell.

Yesterday Carnegie Mellon University filed papers in US District Court in Pittsburgh claiming that Marvell knew it was infringing the patents and that it therefore should pay three times the damages. The university also asked for a further $321m in pre-judgment interest.

Carnegie Mellon sued Marvell in 2009, claiming that the chip vendor used its technology in hard drive controllers for years, including patents that were awarded to the university in 2001 and 2002. The university's damages figure is based on the high volume of controllers that were shipped over the course of a decade.

US District Judge Nora Fischer has the power to increase the damages awarded, though the university noted that the figure might be less than it requested. Carnegie Mellon also asked the judge to impose an injunction to prevent Marvell from continuing to infringe its patents. µ


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