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posted by janrinok on Friday November 18, @02:28PM   Printer-friendly

Cascade Lake and Skylake prove even more expensive than expected:

VLSI Technology, a patent holding company affiliated with Softbank's Fortress Investment Group, has been awarded $948.8 million in a patent infringement claim against Intel Corporation.

On Tuesday, a federal jury in the Western District of Texas, a popular venue for patent claims, found that Intel's Cascade Lake and Skylake processors violated a VLSI data processing patent.

Intel in a statement emailed to The Register said it intends to appeal the decision.

"This case is just one example of many that shows the US patent system is in urgent need of reform," a company spokesperson said. "VLSI is a 'patent troll' created by Fortress, a hedge fund that is bankrolled by large investment groups for the sole purpose of filing lawsuits to extract billions from American innovators like Intel."

"This is the third time that Intel has been forced to defend itself against meritless patent infringement claims made by VLSI. Intel strongly disagrees with the jury's verdict and the excessive damages awarded. We intend to appeal and are confident in the strength of our case."

An attorney representing VLSI did not immediately respond to request for comment.

[...] A 2014 academic paper, "The Direct Costs from NPE Disputes," [PDF] found that in 2011, "the estimated direct, accrued costs of NPE [non-practicing entities] patent assertions totaled $29 billion."

Large technology companies – many of which have amassed large patent portfolios, which they often justify as defensive weapons – have complained for years about patent trolls/patent assertion entities [PAE] /NPEs, which are companies that exist to file infringement claims.

Legal changes, like the US Supreme Court's Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International decision, which made software patents more difficult to obtain, have reduced patent trials – more claims are being dismissed. But Intel in its antitrust argument against Fortress has suggested that patent assertion entities are adapting to the new legal landscape.

"In the face of these challenges, PAEs have evolved," the company said. "PAEs have increasingly been partnering with investment firms to fuel their litigation."

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  • (Score: 2) by RamiK on Saturday November 19, @09:03PM (3 children)

    by RamiK (1813) on Saturday November 19, @09:03PM (#1280545)

    a game of Monopoly never ends

    The rule in monopoly is that "You are declared bankrupt if you owe more than you can pay either to another player or to the Bank". So, if you're bleeding out money with each turn and can't make enough to buy a property, you'll eventually dry out when you hit consecutive bad rolls.

    but then Monopoly isn't the economic system I want to live in, either.

    I'm afraid most people don't get a say in the matter one way or the other.

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  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Saturday November 19, @10:42PM (2 children)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Saturday November 19, @10:42PM (#1280555)

    )I'm afraid most people don't get a say in the matter

    The illusion of representative government might become more substantial again like it was in the 1970s.

    Україна досі не є частиною Росії. Слава Україні 🌻
    • (Score: 2) by RamiK on Saturday November 19, @11:21PM (1 child)

      by RamiK (1813) on Saturday November 19, @11:21PM (#1280560)

      That necessitates Asia-grade economic growth.

      • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Sunday November 20, @02:24AM

        by JoeMerchant (3937) on Sunday November 20, @02:24AM (#1280580)

        That's what made it work in the US, first the super economic growth, then the WW2 vets taking control of the political machines and giving back to their buddies from the war.

        If we can figure out how to motivate that generosity towards our fellow man instead of our captains of industry and lotto winners... We probably still have the economic strength to pull it off.

        Україна досі не є частиною Росії. Слава Україні 🌻