Intel successfully appeals $2.18 billion VLSI patent verdict in the US

Man Strolls Past Intel Logo at China Expo, US Appeals Court Overturns $2.18 Billion Patent-Infringement Award against Intel

A man walks past the Intel logo at its booth during the first China International Supply Chain Expo (CISCE) in Beijing, China, capturing the spirit of innovation and technology on November 28, 2023. Acquire Licensing RightsWASHINGTON. A U.S. appeals court on Monday threw out a patent-infringement award won by patent owner VLSI Technology against Intel Corp (INTC.O), overturning one of the largest verdicts in the history of U.S. patent law.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the jury’s 2021 verdict that Intel infringed one VLSI patent, signaling a turning point in the ongoing legal battle. Now, the case is on its way back to Texas for a new trial to determine how much Intel owes for infringing a second VLSI patent.

Patent holding company VLSI, owned by investment funds managed by Fortress Investment Group, continues to make waves in the tech and investment world. The decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals has been met with anticipation and intrigue as the industry waits to see how the legal battle unfolds.

Representatives for VLSI must now respond to the decision, opening new avenues for the future of the case. Intel, on the other hand, sees the ruling as a victory, emphasizing that VLSI’s patent may hold “little value,” driving speculation in the tech community.

The legal dispute between VLSI and Intel is a testament to the constant push and pull within the semiconductor industry. After years of litigation, the situation takes yet another unexpected turn, highlighting the complexities and intricacies of patent law in the modern age.

Intel’s stock fluctuates after the decision, symbolizing the potential implications for the company’s future. But the impact goes beyond a single company, influencing other major chipmakers as well. As the decision reverberates through the industry, it’s clear that every twist and turn in the legal battle will have profound effects on the sector as a whole.

Blake Brittain reports on intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, for Reuters Legal. For inquiries, he can be reached at +12029385713.


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