Judge denies request to reduce $1.17 billion Carnegie Mellon patent verdict

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

A federal judge has denied Marvell Technology Group's effort to reduce by more than half a $1.17 billion jury verdict entered in 2012 in favor of Carnegie Mellon University in a five-year-long patent dispute.

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer had already decided against Marvell's bid for a retrial. At the trial, a jury found that the California company willfully used technology patented by CMU professor Jose Moura and then-student Alek Kavcic to increase the accuracy with which hard-disk drive circuits read data from high-speed magnetic disks.

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