Carnegie Mellon University wins US$1.2b in patent litigation

Carnegie Mellon University has been awarded well over US$1b for infringement of one of it’s patents by Marvel.

There is a chance that the damages will be tripled for “wilful” infringement to be roughly equal to Marvel’s value.  It appears that this may be a fatal blow to Marvel.

This decision highlights the importance of patents in protecting University (and other patentee) interests, and may well be a very significant boost to the University’s income.

Also, the decision highlights the risks that patent present to companies, who should seek freedom to operate advice to determine if their actions may infringe the patent rights of others, before executing significant commercial decisions.