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Appeals Court Partially Vacates Patent Judgment for Carnegie Mellon

August 5, 2015

A federal appeals panel on Tuesday challenged parts of a lower court's ruling for Carnegie Mellon University in a patent lawsuit against Marvell Technologies, ordering a new trial on a key question that could significantly reduce the lower court's massive award for the university. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit directed a lower court to review its 2012 order that Marvell pay $1.169 billion because it had willfully infringed two Carnegie Mellon patents for a chip technology.

The appeals court's ruling upheld the finding of patent infringement against Marvell but questioned whether the court had accurately calculated the damages. The appeals court affirmed just $278.4 million of the damage award, and ordered a new trial to re-calculate how much more the university is due. Carnegie Mellon maintains a website about the case here.


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Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. He helps lead the news organization's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings and on campuses around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his wife, Kate Scharff, in Bethesda, Md.

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