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ARTICLE ID 189589

$________ – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – CARNEGIE MELLON RECEIVES MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR FOR INFRINGEMENT OF HARD DISK TECHNOLOGY – VIOLATION OF TWO PATENTS IN OVER TWO BILLION CHIPS.

U.S.D.C. - Western District of Pennsylvania

This IP case saw a dispute between a maker of chips used in reading hard disk data and a highly-prominent American university. The defendant was accused of infringing upon valuable patents relating to computer hardware, specifically hard disk components.

Carnegie Mellon University, a first-ranked university in the field of computer science, is holder of two patents relating to fundamental technology for increasing the accuracy with which hard disk drive circuits read data from high-speed magnetic disks. The defendants, Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. and Marvell Semiconducter, Inc., are producers of storage, communication and consumer semiconductor products for the same industry where CMU’s patents are applied. The defendants were accused of incorporating hard disk semiconductor technology covered under patents (Nos. ________ and ________) in their MNP-type and NLD-type chips and simulators.

The plaintiff filed suit in the United States District Court for Western Pennsylvania for patent infringement, naming as defendants Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. and Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. The plaintiff sought recovery of damages on a per-chip theory resulting in a damages request of over $1 billion. The defendant contended that its chips did not use CMU’s technology and that CMU’s patents were invalid. They further disputed damages with their own theory of the patents’ value.

Using Marvell’s documents and testimony, CMU’s technical expert, Dr. Steve McLaughlin, showed that the circuits in two types of chips made by Marvell perform CMU’s patented methods. Dr. McLaughlin’s testimony was followed by CMU’s industry expert, Dr. Chris Bajorek. Dr. Bajorek testified that both Marvell and its customers made extensive use of the CMU invention in the United States during each of Marvell’s standard "sales cycles" in order to design, develop, test and sell the chips at issue.After a month of trial, the jury deliberated for two days before returning a finding for the plaintiff. The jury concluded that Marvell willfully infringed on CMU’s patents and awarded $________ billion in damages.

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