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Tech Company Will Pay $750 Million to End Patent Fight With Carnegie Mellon

The Marvell Technology Group and Marvell Semiconductor Inc. will pay $750 million to end a long-running patent dispute with Carnegie Mellon University, the university announced on Wednesday. Carnegie Mellon sued in 2009, alleging that the company had infringed a pair of university patents based on the work of a professor and a former student.

In 2012 a federal jury awarded the university more than $1 billion in damages, but the case has been through several rounds of appeals since then.

Subra Suresh, Carnegie Mellon’s president, said in a letter to the campus that the university would receive $250 million after the inventors of the technology had received their portions of the settlement and legal expenses had been paid.

“There is broad consensus across the university,” he said, “that we should dedicate a substantial majority of this resource to helping qualified students afford a Carnegie Mellon education, helping all students succeed while they are here, and enriching the student experience.”

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