Intel, after dropping a lawsuit for patent infringement associated to chip-making expertise filed by VLSI Expertise, has been informed by a federal jury in Texas to pay $2.18 billion. It is without doubt one of the largest patent-related harm award within the U.S. historical past.
The chip-making big says that it’s going to attraction the judgement. VLSI Expertise had claimed that Intel infringed two of its patents, which have been in personal entry. The jury acknowledged $1.5 billion for infringing one patent and $675 million for infringing one other.
The jury rejected Intel’s denial of infringing the patents and its argument that one patent was invalid as a result of it claimed to cowl work finished by Intel engineers. Within the argument, Intel lawyer William Lee of WilmerHale informed that the patents had been owned by Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors Inc., which might get a minimize of any harm award.
He additionally argued that VLSI Expertise, based 4 years in the past, has no merchandise and its solely potential income is that this lawsuit. He additionally argued that the corporate was entitled to not more than $2.2 million.
One of many patents was initially issued in 2012 to Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and the opposite in 2010 to SigmaTel Inc. Freescale purchased SigmaTel and was in flip purchased by NXP in 2015. The 2 patents on this case have been transferred to VLSI in 2019.
The patent harm award is about half of Intel’s fourth-quarter revenue. Intel has been dominating the chips trade, which is value round $400 billion, for many years however the firm is now struggling to keep up its lead.
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