Intel was fined $ 2.2 billion for infringing on chip design patents. As well as a new CEO of the company, it also faces one of the biggest fines in the history of patent infringement. 2.2 billion fines were fined for infringing two different patents. Lawyers say the patents in question have not been used for a long time. For this reason, they claim that the losses faced by the companies – as well as the damage reflected in the penalty amount – are much lower. No final decision has been made on the issue yet, so there may be developments in the process.
Intel has infringed patents held by Dutch semiconductor company VSLI Technology LLC. For this reason, he was fined a colossal 2.2 billion fine by a federal jury in Texas. The patent infringement is based on two VLSI patents where NXP Semiconductor also got a small slice of the cake. Therefore, the penalty is divided into two parts of $ 1.5 billion and $ 675 million. VSLI acquired the NXP Freescale Semiconductor in 2015, and the patents were transferred to VSLI in 2019.
Intel fined $ 2.2 billion for patent infringement.
The first of these two patents (patent 7,523,373) allows a processor to go into “sleep mode” when not in use, allowing it to operate at low power consumption. It helps to keep the processor active thanks to two regulators by reducing the power required to keep the chip’s memory active. The other patent (patent 7,725,759) increases processing speed by allowing the chip to switch between programs super fast. Intel is currently responsible for paying this fine since they infringed both patents.
However, Intel‘s lawyers say the patents in question have not been used for more than 10 years. So they are clearly responding by arguing that the maximum loss VSLI deserves is $ 2.2 million, not $ 2.2 billion. For now, the details about the subject are in this direction. As a result of Intel‘s defense, there are also no changes in the decision. Still, these patent infringements contain dangerous numbers that could do great harm to the tech giant. We will try to share with you the developments that may be experienced in the future as quickly as possible. Also, don’t forget to check out our other news here.