In cooperation with the Innovation Practice Institute at the School of Law, the Innovation Institute presents:

The Billion Dollar Verdict in Carnegie Mellon University v. Marvell Technology Group:  Overview and Key Issues


Patrick J. McElhinny, Esq., Partner, K&L Gates, Pittsburgh, PA

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Mr. McElhinny was the lead trial counsel for the K&L Gates team that won 2012’s largest verdict in the U.S. The $1.5 billion judgment in favor of Carnegie Mellon University and resulting settlement are among the largest ever in a patent case.  Mr. McElhinny has 28 years of trial experience and is registered to practice before the USPTO.

The Law School

Barco Law Building

3900 Forbes Avenue

Room G20

This presentation should be of great interest to anyone involved in technology commercialization; particularly those involved in university technology commercialization. It illustrates the dangers posed by commercial entities who do not respect IP rights and what it takes for the University to be made whole. In this case, there were two (2) CMU patents-in-suit relating to hard drive technology developed by Professor Jose M.F. Moura and his colleague, Aleksandar Kavcic. Marvell never licensed either patent. After a 4-week jury trial, the jury found that Marvell willfully infringed CMU’s patents.


Pizza and soft drinks will be provided for those attending the event.

*Space is limited to no more than 40 attendees. Please mark your calendars today.