A Texas jury returned a verdict requiring Intel to pay VLSI Technology $948.8million for violating a patent relating to computer chips.
VLSI is the owner of the patent. It is affiliated to Fortress Investment Group, a part of the SoftBank Group conglomerate. During a six day trial, the plaintiff claimed Intel’s Skylake and Cascade Lake processors had infringed its patent on data processing technologies. According to an Intel spokesperson, the company “strongly disagree” With the verdict and intends for appeal, and the case itself. “One of many instances proving that the United States patent system needs to be reformated”.
VLSI won a patent dispute with Intel in March. A Texas court ordered Intel to pay the plaintiff $2.18 million. The defendant then filed an appeal. VLSI lost to Intel again in a patent dispute in April.
The plaintiff’s lawyer stated that Intel processors were manufactured at the most recent hearing. “Millions and Millions of Violations per Second”. Intel representatives claimed that company engineers had developed the solutions and that Intel’s modern processors are compatible with the old technology VLSI is referring to.
In Delaware and Northern California, two additional VLSI cases against Intel remain pending. The California case is expected to start in 2024.