A Texas jury has ruled that Intel VLSI Technology has been fined $948.8 million for infringing on a patent related to computer chips.
VLSI, which owns the patent, is affiliated with Fortress Investment Group, which is part of the SoftBank Group conglomerate. During a six-day trial, the plaintiff alleged that Intel’s Cascade Lake and Skylake processors infringed on its patent relating to computing technologies. An Intel spokesman said that the company “resolutely disagree” with the verdict and intends to appeal, and the case itself is “one of many examples showing that the United States patent system is in dire need of reform”.
Last March, VLSI won a patent battle with Intel that led to a Texas court ordering the processor maker to pay the plaintiff $2.18 billion — the defendant then appealed but was unsuccessful. In April, VLSI lost another patent battle against Intel.
At the last hearing, the plaintiff’s attorney said that Intel processors are manufactured “Millions and millions of violations per second”. An Intel representative insisted that the company’s engineers had developed all the solutions in-house and that the manufacturer’s modern processors no longer worked with the outdated technology VLSI was talking about.
Two other VLSI cases against Intel are pending: in Northern California and Delaware. The California case is scheduled to begin in 2024.