Request to judge could triple $1.17 billion award to CMU

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Carnegie Mellon University is asking a federal judge to rule that Marvell Technology Group and Marvell Semiconductor willfully infringed on patents developed at the university, a finding that could triple the $1.17 billion a jury awarded to the university in December.

The jury ruled that Marvell, based in Santa Clara, Calif., infringed on patents developed by CMU professor Jose Moura and then-student Alex Kavcic from March 2003 to July 28, 2012.

The university Monday filed papers containing the motion in U.S. District Court, Downtown.

Carnegie Mellon also asked U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer to order Marvell to pay its attorney fees, interest of up to $321.8 million on the judgment and royalties on sales of Marvell chips after July 28 that relied on the patents.

Marvell has said it intends to contest the verdict in post-trial motions and, if that fails, to appeal the decision.

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