Disk and flash controller maker Marvell, which also manufactures various other semi-conductor chippery wares, is not having a great start to 2013. The firm, which has just launched a flash-caching product and invested in an SSD maker, was hit with a crushing $1.17bn damages award 10 days ago for infringing Carnegie Mellon …
Close the company and sell the rights / patents to a new company then start training under their name... that should save paying the fine :)
We've learned more about the ...damages award
But, I'm not seeing in the article anything new that wasn't already expressed in the previous article 10 days ago. Whatever new details you've learned, you seem to be keeping them close to your chest.
It's a little disturbing that no one seems interested in looking closer at the claims, the trial record or perform any analysis of the claims from either side. The idea that a lay jury could sensibly judge a patent consisting of this level of math without error (or more likely outright guessing) is a little hard to swallow.
Assuming Marvell aren't just lying about not using the patented algorithm, one disturbing possibility is CMU just enforced an outrageously wide patent on a basic principle, far beyond what patents are supposed to allow. But if no-one checks and Marvell do the expedient thing of settling we'll never know.
They said they did not use the patent ideas and that is was not possible to implement the patent in current technology. But they also said their implementation was based on their own similar patent for which their ideas were developed independently without looking at the offending patents.
Why exactly can't CMU be countersued? They're just a private research university.
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What would you sue them for? Any answer but 'patents' will quickly lead to 2 separate cases and just double the pain. Unless CMU have a manufacturing division there won't be any patent infringement to sue over...
So I guess that if Carnagie ever gets the money, than suddenly they will have a great footballl team?
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