Lawyers arguing over CMU’s $1.17B patent verdict

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Attorneys for Carnegie Mellon University and a California firm were continuing to argue whether a judge should reduce a jury’s $1.17 billion verdict in favor of the school.

The verdict against Marvell Technology Group of Santa Clara, Calif., came in December, after the Pittsburgh-based university argued Marvell infringed on patents that came from the work of professor Jose Moura and then-student Alek Kavcic.

A two-day motions hearing was continuing Thursday before a federal judge in Pittsburgh.

CMU attorneys are defending the verdict, saying that Marvell will still make a $4 billion profit on semiconductor chips that used the patented information if the company pays the full verdict. Marvell’s attorneys argue the judge should reduce the verdict based on how many of the chips were used in the United States and other factors.

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