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SAN FRANCISCO — On the Friday before Christmas in 2012, jurors deliberating a hard-fought patent case against Marvell Technology Group Ltd. sent the judge a request: Could they have a calculator?

It was understandable: Carnegie Mellon University was seeking a royalty of 50 cents on Marvell computer chips used all over the world, for a total of $1.169 billion. Marvell’s theory was the entire damages couldn’t be more than $250,000 based on comparable licenses. Apparently the jury wanted to run its own numbers.

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