Entries with tag marvell.

Judge Awards Carnegie Mellon $1.54 Billion in Patent Infringement Case

A US federal judge has ordered Marvell Technology Group to pay Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) $1.54 billion for infringing two hard-drive patents that the school owns. This is 41 percent of the maximum $3.75 billion award the university sought. The jury originally awarded CMU $1.17 billion in December 2012 for damages and another $79.6 million awarded for alleged infringements the jury did not consider as they lacked recent financial information. The court rejected the triple damages the university sought as well as the university’s request that further sales of goods containing the infringing technologies be blocked. At issue are two US patents related to the accuracy with which circuits in a hard drive read data from a high-speed magnetic disk granted to the university in 2001 and 2002. Carnegie Mellon says that Marvell sold at least nine different circuit devices that incorporated the patented technology, ultimately selling billions of chips. CMU has not yet commented on the court ruling. Marvell said it plans to appeal, claiming the school’s patents were invalid. The company also contends the court’s damages assessment was wrong. (The Associated Press @ ABC News)(Reuters)

Judge Denies Marvell Request to Reduce Jury Award

A US federal judge has denied a request by Marvell Technology Group to cut $620 million of a $1.17 billion jury verdict against the company for patent infringement. This was reportedly the third greatest US patent-infringement penalty since 1995. A jury found that Marvell infringed on two Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) patents for technologies designed to improve the accuracy with which hard-drive circuits read data from high-speed magnetic disks. . The company asked the court to reduce the resulting penalty, saying the university “unreasonably delayed pursuing its claims for patent infringement,” according to Reuters. The CMU researchers developed their technology between 1995 and 1998, applied for patents in 1998, and received them in 2001 and 2002. Marvell worked on the technology that was the subject of the lawsuit between 2001 and 2003. CMU, which owns the patents, filed suit in March 2009, claiming at least nine of the company’s devices used the patents without licensing. The court found Marvell earned $10.34 billion in revenue and $5.05 billion in profit by using the university’s patents. US District Judge Nora Barry Fischer said Marvell willfully infringed the patents, making the $1.17 billion award potentially subject to being trebled by the court. (Reuters)(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)(Carnegie Mellon University) 

Marvell Debuts All-in-One Wireless Chip


A new wireless chip promises a comprehensive connectivity package in a single chip. The Marvell Avastar 88W8897 combines IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi, near-field communication, and Bluetooth on a single low-power processor. The chip lets mobile device users connect to content in public venues, including retail marketing information and maps, and make payments at stores when brought close to a reader. Marvell claims the processor offers the first high-performance multiple input, multiple output combination radio with Wi-Fi data rates up to 300 Mbits per second. The company expects products with the chip to be available in 2013. (PhysOrg)(CNET)(Marvell)

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