A federal jury in Pittsburgh, where Carnegie Mellon is located, returned a verdict on Wednesday that Marvell infringes two of the university’s patents covering integrated-circuit technology. The verdict came after a four-week jury trial that pitted K&L Gates against Marvell’s lawyers at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. You can see the verdict form here.
CMU sued Marvell in 2009, alleging its computer chips infringe two patents developed by CMU researchers. Marvell’s lawyers at Quinn Emanuel moved for summary judgment in 2011, arguing that the two CMU patents are anticipated by prior art. U.S. Distirct Judge Nora Barry Fischer denied Marvell’s motion, but noted in her September 2011 opinion that the issue was a “close call.”
The jury’s $1.17 billion award represents exactly what K&L Gates asked for at trial. The jury also found that Marvell’s infringement was willful, meaning that Judge Fischer can treble CMU’s damages.
Quinn Emanuel moved for a mistrial on December 20, arguing that “CMU’s closing argument was rife with misrepresentations and impermissible arguments” that “could serve only one purpose — to prejudice the jury by plating the seed in their minds that they should decide this case for CMU based on emotion.” Fischer denied that motion without prejudice, but wrote that she would revisit the motion once the verdict came in.