Intel Fails to Overturn $2.18 Billion Patent Infringement Payment

Semiconductor computer circuit manufacturer Intel Corporation (INTC) has lost a court case in which it sought to overturn a $2.18 billion patent infringement payment to designer and manufacturer of custom and semi-custom integrated circuits VLSI Technology LLC.

U.S. District Judge Alan Albright in Waco, Texas, turned down Intel’s motion seeking to overturn the payment which it was ordered to pay back in March 2 this year.

Intel was ordered to pay VLSI Technology $1.5 billion and $675 million for respective infringement of two patents which were once owned by Netherlands based chip manufacturer NXP Semiconductors NV.

Following this latest ruling, Intel issued a statement expressing how disappointed it was by the decision further adding that it will be appealing the ruling.

Additionally, Intel called for patent law reforms to prevent ‘litigation investors’ from using low quality patents to extract outrageous damages a situation which curtails innovations and hurts the economy in return.

Back in April, a different court ruled in favor of Intel in a separate patent infringement lawsuit in which VLSI Technology was seeking $3.1 billion.

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