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Barring a successful appeal, Intel is already on the hook for $2.18 billion in damages a jury awarded to VSLI Technology LLC last month, over a series of patent infringement claims. In the second of three lawsuits, VSLI was seeking an additional $3 billion in damages for a different set of patents, but this time Intel emerged victorious. This is somewhat a convoluted matter, more so than is usual in patent infringement lawsuits. It's rooted in events that were set in motion way back in 1999, when Philips Semiconductors acquired VSLI for $1 billion. Then in 2006, those acquired assets hitched a ride with NXP, which Philips had spun-off at the time. And that's just the beginning of the story. The... Read more...
Intel was on the receiving end of some bad news this afternoon after losing a patent infringement lawsuit in a Texas federal court. The jury ruled in favor of VLSI Technology LLC., which rose from the dead to sue one of the world's leading chip manufacturers. The two patents in question include 759, which details a "method of controlling a clock frequency," and 373, which covers a "minimum memory operating voltage technique." But we first need to step back to 1999, when Philips Semiconductors bought VLSI for $1 billion. The company's assets later piggybacked to NXP, which was spun-off by Philips in 2006. And then that's where the ownership of the patents takes series of twists and turns.... Read more...