(Reuters) — A federal jury in Texas said on Tuesday that Intel Corp. must pay VLSI Technology LLC $948.8 million for infringing a VLSI computer chip patent.
VLSI, a patent holder affiliated with SoftBank Group Corp.-owned private equity firm Fortress Investment Group, argued in the six-day trial that Intel’s Cascade Lake and Skylake microprocessors infringed on its patents covering improvements in computing.
An Intel spokesperson said the company “disagrees” with the ruling and plans to appeal, and that the case is “an example of many that show the US patent system is in urgent need of reform.”
VLSI’s law firm declined to comment on the ruling.
Last March, VLSI won a nearly $2.2 billion judgment from Intel in a separate lawsuit in Texas over various chip patents, which Intel has appealed. VLSI lost another related patent lawsuit against Intel the following month.
VLSI bought the patent in the latest study from Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV.
A lawyer for VLSI said during the trial that Intel̵7;s chips cause “millions and millions of intrusions per second.” The jury awarded the company the full amount of damages it requested.
A lawyer for Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel said during the trial that the company’s engineers developed their innovations independently, and that its modern microprocessors would not work with VLSI’s outdated technology.
Two other patent cases brought by VLSI against Intel are still pending in Northern California and Delaware. A trial in the California case is set to begin in 2024.