A US judge has rejected Intel’s request to set aside a jury verdict ordering the chipmaker to pay VLSI Technology US$2.18 billion for patent infringement, reported Reuters.
US District Judge Alan Albright in Waco, Texas, denied Intel’s motion for a new trial in a sealed order issued late Monday, August 9.
Jurors had on March 2 awarded VLSI US$1.5 billion and US$675 million for Intel’s respective infringements of two patents that were once owned by Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV.
In seeking a new trial, Intel stated the verdict was tainted by erroneous jury instructions and evidentiary rulings, and appeared to be based on earlier Intel settlements that VLSI’s own damages expert admitted were not comparable.
The Santa Clara, California-based company also stated the verdict was the second largest by a jury in a patent case, and that the three other largest verdicts had been vacated.
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