Korean University Accepts Reduced Damages Award in Texas Semiconductor Suit

  • February 23, 2020
  • Category: In Case You Missed It
    Market Sector: Semiconductors

In June 2018, a Texas jury issued a $400M infringement verdict for KIPB LLC (f/k/a KAIST IP US LLC), a US-based subsidiary of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), a South Korean state-run research university. The verdict included a finding that Samsung had infringed a single KAIST patent through the provision of semiconductor products utilizing FinFET technology, as well as a finding that GlobalFoundries and Qualcomm had infringed through the provision of chips and devices that incorporate FinFET architectures. Earlier this month, District Judge Rodney Gilstrap overturned the damages award, which had been issued against Samsung, holding that it had not been entirely supported by the evidence—offering the plaintiff a remittitur of $203M or a new trial on damages. KAIST has now opted for the lower amount.

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