Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Settlement Nets $750M for Cmu, 2 Professors

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Settlement Nets $750M for Cmu, 2 Professors

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Computer chip maker Marvell Technology Group has agreed to pay $750 million to Carnegie Mellon University to settle a long- running patent-infringement case.

Marvell, based in Bermuda, and CMU announced the settlement Wednesday, bringing an end to litigation that has been winding its way through the federal courts for seven years.

The deal is a huge windfall for CMU.

"Once the inventors receive their portion of the settlement, and all legal fees and related expenses are paid, the university will receive approximately $250 million," CMU president Subra Suresh said in an email.

The payout for the two inventors -Jose Moura, a professor at CMU's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Aleksandar Kavcic, a former student of Mr. Moura's who is now a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Hawaii - was not disclosed.

Mr. Suresh said the university was "pleased to honor the work of Jose and Alek, two inventors who provided a major step forward in computing technology at a time when computing was transforming our world."

The case began when CMU sued Marvell in 2009, saying the company infringed on two CMU patents issued in 2001 and 2002 for accurately reading data from hard drives.

Speaking by phone, Mr. Moura told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he and his former CMU student feel "a sense of relief" and "are happy that we reached the end of the road."

As an academic, Mr. Moura explained, the importance of the settlement lies in a recognition of the work and its value.

"I think that this was an important technology," he said. "I think it had a tremendous impact on the evolution of the disc drives [of] the last 15 years, and we are happy that finally it is recognized by this agreement."

In 2012, a Pittsburgh jury awarded the university a 50-cent royalty for each of the 2. …

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