Intel owes $ 2.18 billion in compensation for patent infringement
Intel owes $ 2.18 billion in compensation for patent infringement

A Texas jury has asked Intel to pay $ 2.18 billion for violating its VLSI technology patents because of the failed chip-related technology bid.

This means Intel owes a lot of money to semiconductor companies that have been around for 20 years.

The federal jury said: Intel Intel Intel is a patent owned by VLSI Corporation, the jury found a patent infringement of $ 1.5 billion, and ordered a second patent infringement of $ 675 million.

Intel is the largest manufacturer of chips in the world. The company has denied patent infringement, claiming that one of the patents is invalid because it claimed it covered the work of Intel's engineers, but these arguments were rejected by a jury.

Intel attorney William Lee informed the jury after a jury debate that these patents belong to Dutch chip maker NXP (NXP), which will receive a portion of the compensation.

He told me, "VLSI, founded 4 years ago, has no products and its only potential income is from this litigation." VLSI uses patents that haven't been used in 10 years, and that money will tire out true innovators.

Freescale was originally granted a patent in 2012 and SigmaTel was granted another patent in 2010.

Freescale acquired SigmaTel, acquired the patent in this case from NXP in 2015 and allocated it to VLSI in 2019.

VLSI attorney Morgan Chu said: The patents are about inventions that increase functionality and speed of the processor, and it's a major competitive problem.

He said, federal law does not require anyone to know a patent before they can prove they have infringed the patent, and Intel has not intentionally examined whether the patent uses someone else’s invention and accuses them of willful blindness.

VLSI attorney states that this amount is not too high due to the billions of chips sold by Intel.

He said Intel paid MicroUnity $ 300 million in 2005 and Nvidia $ 1.5 billion in 2011, despite the fact that the settlement of the case involved the cross-licensing of the technology.

Intel tried to reschedule the case due to the pandemic, but District Court Judge Alan Albright rejected the request.

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