Anyone who follows high-stakes litigation knows that a settlement can sometimes signal a draw. But some deals, like the $750 million settlement that Marvell Technology Group Ltd. agreed to pay Carnegie Mellon University this week, clearly mark a major victory.

Delivering that victory for CMU were K&L Gates’ Douglas Greenswag and Patrick McElhinny, who spearheaded the case, and Orrick’s E. Joshua Rosenkranz, who briefed and argued a key appeal. The settlement, announced Wednesday, resolves a patent infringement lawsuit that the Pittsburgh-based university first lodged in 2009, alleging that Marvell’s noise-reducing technology for computer hard drives copied the work of CMU researchers.

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