Back on Aug. 20, 2015, the implications of an award from the jury in the case of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Marvell Technologies ("Jury's $1.51B award went afoul of U.S. patent law") was discussed on this blog. At that time, the tech industry was considering banding together to fight the award, saying that it was in violation of existing patent law. It might interest Texas readers to know that CMU and Marvell recently came to an agreement to settle the case for approximately $750 million.
Technological advances allow Texas residents to purchase passenger vehicles that have built-in navigation and infotainment systems. As cars and trucks get smarter, the competition to obtain and use the technology behind those additional features gets increasingly fierce among automakers. This could lead some vehicle manufacturers -- and the companies from which they purchase certain components -- to violate patent law in order to remain competitive in the market.