updated 07:40 pm EST, Tue December 22, 2009
Initial judgment lacked enhanced damages
OPTi has announced plans to file a cross-appeal in its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. Although the judge already awarded the plaintiff $21.7 million in damages, the court did not view Apple's infringement as willful. OPTi was therefore denied its request for enhanced damages, which could have been much higher due to provisions for attorneys' fees and other considerations.
Apple was the first party to file a notice of appeal in the OPTi case. The company also submitted a request for transcripts of the court proceedings.
The patents cover "predictive snooping" technology used by computers for communicating information with cache memory. OPTi has admitted that it plans to continue litigation against other companies, as a long-term strategy to bring in licensing revenue from the patented technology.