On Thursday, a jury in Delaware concluded that Intel had not infringed on a dynamic logic circuit patent. It means the chip giant will not have to pay the $2 billion in compensation that was suggested before the case.
The lawsuit was originally filed in 2010 by AVM Technologies (owner of patent number 5,859,547) but due to insufficient evidence was dismissed by the courts. It was in 2015 when AVM refiled the claim, alleging that Intel was continuing to unlawfully use their patent in a collection of its designs.
A recent six-day jury trial considered the years of arguments and hundreds of submissions and ultimately reached the same conclusion as the earlier case: there was still insufficient evidence to hold Intel responsible.
The co-inventor of the patent and the president of AVM, Joseph Tran, had licensed a number of its patents to Intel, but not the ‘547 patent. In 2006, he came across an article that described technology very similar to his patent, he contacted Intel and had a number of licensing discussions with executives.
In the end, the chip giant refused to license it because it said Tran was not able to show which Intel product specifically infringed the patent. Tran claims he did not have the money to afford the “extremely expensive infringement analyses demanded by Intel.”
A couple of months ago, Intel got a knock back when the judge refused their motion to dismiss the entire case for being overly broad: that broadness being a key component in the massive $2bn estimate for damages if found guilty. The jury dismissed Intel no fewer than eight times when it tried to kill the case piece by piece. However, the conclusion of the case has worked in their favor and that is no doubt what they were most concerned about. After a six-day trial (transcripts available in July) the Jury found Intel innocent and had not infringed on AVM’s patent.