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Regarding Carnegie Mellon's patent infringement case against Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and Marvell Semiconductor Inc., Carnegie Mellon University stated it was awarded $1.17 billion by a federal jury in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, in a unanimous verdict that found the Marvell Technology Group had sold billions of semiconductors using technology developed at the university without a license.
Carnegie claimed that Marvell had infringed on a pair of patents relating to fundamental technology for increasing the accuracy with which hard drive circuits read data from high-speed magnetic disks. The patents were developed by José Moura, a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, and Aleksandar Kavcic, a former Ph.D. student now a professor at the University of Hawaii. Their work was supported by Carnegie’s Data Storage Systems Center, a university research organization.
More details regarding the case can be found at this news article.
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