Wednesday, August 11, 2021

VLSI inches closer to $2.2B final judgment as Judge Albright denies Intel's motion for new trial

Things are moving forward again in VLSI v. Intel. Judge Alan Albright of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas has denied the first of several post-trial motions with which Intel is challenging the record $2.175B verdict. The following screenshot shows that a sealed order denying Intel's Rule 59 motion for a retrial has come down (click on the image to enlarge):

A new trial would have been a difficult choice for the nation's busiest patent infringement court. Presumably we will see decisions on the other post-trial motions (motions for judgment as a matter of law) in the coming days or weeks. The likelihood of a final judgment by the district court based on the March jury verdict has increased. Short of a settlement, it looks like this one is soon going to be appealed to the Federal Circuit.

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