What Intel didn't expect was that it would need to pay US $2.175 billion for infringing other people's semiconductor manufacturing patents (this compensation is equivalent to half of Intel's profit in the fourth quarter of last year, about RMB 14.23 billion). This is one of the largest patent infringement cases in the history of the United States.
Intel denied the infringement, but the claim was rejected by the court. Intel also claimed that one of the patents was invalid because it involved the work of Intel engineers, but the court did not accept that claim.
It is reported that one of the patents in this case was first granted to Freescale Semiconductor in 2012, and the other was granted to SigmaTel in 2010. Freescale later acquired SigmaTel. Subsequently, NXP acquired Freescale Semiconductor in 2015 and obtained these two patents.
Relevant information shows that in 2019, the two patents were transferred from NXP to the plaintiff VLSI.
According to Morgan Chu, a VLSI lawyer, the two patents contain new inventions that can improve the performance and speed of processors, which are two important indicators of market competition.
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