Intel was told to pay $2.18 billion by a federal jury in Texas after
losing a patent-infringement trial over technology related to
chip-making, one of the largest patent-damages award in US history.
pledged to appeal. Intel infringed two patents owned by closely held
VLSI Technology, the jury in Waco, Texas, found on Tuesday. The jury
found $1.5 billion for infringement of one patent and $675 million for
infringement of the second.
The jury rejected Intel’s denial of
infringing either of the patents and its argument that one patent was
invalid because it claimed to cover work done by Intel engineers.
patents had been owned by Dutch chip maker NXP Semiconductors, which
would get a cut of any damage award, Intel lawyer William Lee of
WilmerHale told jurors in closing arguments on Monday.
founded four years ago, has no products and its only potential revenue
is this lawsuit, he said.VLSI “took two patents off the shelf that
hadn’t been used for 10 years and said, ‘We’d like $2 billion’,” Mr Lee
told the jury.
He had argued that VLSI was entitled to no more than $2.2 million.
strongly disagrees with today’s jury verdict,” the company said in a
statement. “We intend to appeal and are confident that we will prevail.”
of the patents was originally issued in 2012 to Freescale
Semiconductor, and the other in 2010 to SigmaTel. Freescale bought
SigmaTel and was in turn bought by NXP in 2015. The two patents in this
case were transferred to VLSI in 2019, according to data compiled by
VLSI lawyer Morgan Chu of Irell & Manella said
the patents covered inventions that increased the power and speed of
processors, a key issue for competition.
The jury said there was no willful infringement.