Patent Lawsuit - Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University v. Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.: 

Protecting the Intellectual Property of our Faculty and Students

About the Patent Lawsuit

On March 9, 2009, Carnegie Mellon University filed a lawsuit against Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. for infringing two CMU patents.  

The case involves a patented innovative chip technology that significantly improves the ability of detectors to more accurately detect data stored on hard disk drives.  Beginning in 1997, the university applied for these two patents on behalf of Dr. José M. F. Moura, a professor at CMU, and Dr. Aleksandar Kavcic, a PhD candidate at the time.  

On December 26, 2012, after a four-week trial, a jury in Federal District Court in Pittsburgh found that Marvell had willfully infringed both of CMU's patents and unanimously awarded the university a royalty for past infringement of $1.169 billion.  CMU believes the jury based its award on substantial evidence showing both Marvell’s infringement (for more than a decade) and Marvell's critical need for the CMU invention.

Protecting Our Intellectual Property

CMU filed this lawsuit to protect the rights of our faculty and students and the discoveries made from their groundbreaking research.

The collaborative efforts of our faculty, students and commercial partners are paramount to the innovation that has been a hallmark of CMU. 

The following materials present information about the case and reflect CMU's dedication to protecting the intellectual property rights of our faculty and students:

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