“We take special pride in this trial victory because of the decades-long relationship between our firm and Carnegie Mellon University and our deep appreciation for CMU’s pathbreaking and leadership role in the Information Age,” said Peter J. Kalis, K&L Gates’ Chairman and Global Managing Partner. “It is emblematic of our relationship with CMU that my predecessor, Charles J. Queenan, Jr., served as Chairman of CMU’s Board of Trustees.”
The CMU patents relate to information storage technology systems and methods developed and patented by CMU professor Jose Moura and then CMU Ph.D. student Alek Kavcic (now a professor at the University of Hawaii) and supported by the university’s Data Storage Systems Center. Through its verdict, the jury found that Marvell, a maker of integrated circuits, had sold billions of chips incorporating the technology without a license to do so. Marvell contended that its chips did not use CMU’s technology and that CMU’s patents were invalid but the jury disagreed.
Seattle-based partner Douglas Greenswag and Pittsburgh-based partner Patrick McElhinny led the K&L Gates team that represented Carnegie Mellon University, assisted by Pittsburgh-based partners Mark Knedeisen and Chris Verdini and Seattle-based partner Theo Angelis, as well as an extensive team of trial support professionals in Pittsburgh and Seattle.
Marvell was represented by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.
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