Texas readers may not be aware that in 2012, a jury ordered Marvell Technologies, which makes computer chips, to pay $1.51 billion in damages for infringing on patents owned by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). When the tech industry heard about the award, several companies, who are ordinarily competitors, banded together to file an appeal in federal court. Recently, the appeals court agreed that the jury overstepped in its interpretation of U.S. patent law.
Texas readers may recall that Google purchased Motorola, along with all of its patents. Shortly thereafter, Google filed a patent infringement suit against Microsoft. The suit backfired on Google, which was ordered to pay Microsoft over $14 million. The company was hoping that it would have the ruling reversed on appeal, but patent law was not on its side, and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court's ruling.