2013-01-02 / Local & State

Carnegie Mellon Wins $1.2 Billion Patent Verdict

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A federal jury in Pittsburgh has awarded Carnegie Mellon University $1.17 billion in damages in a patent dispute over computer hard drive technology.

The verdict Wednesday against Marvell Technology Group of Santa Clara, Calif.came after four weeks of testimony.

Carnegie Mellon filed the lawsuit in 2009 and claimed that Marvell infringed on patents that came from the work of professor Jose Moura and then-student Alek Kavcic.

Marvell says it is disappointed in the verdict and plans to appeal.

Carnegie Mellon says in a statement that it is gratified by the verdict and that protection of faculty and student discoveries is very important.

Legal experts say such verdicts can be reduced or overturned on appeal.

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