A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a reduction in the $1.54 billion damages award that Marvell Technology Group Ltd was ordered to pay Carnegie Mellon University for infringing two hard disk drive patents held by the school.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a lower court finding that the patents were infringed, but said “enhanced damages” that boosted a $1.17 billion jury verdict against Marvell to $1.54 billion should not have been awarded.

It also directed a partial new trial to determine where some of the chips used in the hard disk drive patents were sold.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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