Cornell University gets £92m after winning patent battle against HP


Cornell University gets £92m after winning patent battle against HP

Antony Savvas

A federal jury has awarded £92m to Cornell University in a long-running patent infringement lawsuit brought against Hewlett-Packard.

After a two-week trial, the jury said HP had infringed Cornell's intellectual property covering the way computers increased data processing speeds.

The patent covers technology developed by Cornell professor Hwa Torng in the 1980s, and allows computers to multi-task data processes.

Torng has been given 20% of the award, and he says he will give his cash to charity.

Cornell had originally asked for £450m in damages in action it brought against HP in 2002.

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