Micron loses patent trial, must pay rival Netlist $445 million in damages

From PC Mag: Semiconductor manufacturer Micron Technology has lost a patent infringement lawsuit with Netlist. A jury in the United States decided that Micron infringed on memory module technology patents held by the computer memory company Netlist. Micron could be forced to pay Netlist $445 million (£349.7 million) or more in damages.

The case revolves around some of Micron’s high-performance computing memory products. Jurors in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas agreed that Micron infringed upon two of Netlist’s patents to improve memory module capacity and performance.

Two patents, “the ‘417 patent” and “the ‘912 patent,” were in dispute in the lawsuit. The jury awarded Netlist $20 million (£15.7 million) in damages for the ‘417 patent and $425 million (£334 million) in damages for the ‘912 patent.

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