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Rambus is victorious in trial vs. memory makers

Posted: 28 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Rambus Hynix case? memory? claims antitrust fraud?

Rambus Inc. has scored a legal victory against Hynix Semiconductor, Micron Technologies and Nanya Technology. The jury determined that Rambus acted properly while a member of the standard-setting organization Jedec during its participation in the early 1990s, finding that the memory manufacturers did not meet their burden of proving antitrust and fraud claims. This verdict should complete the case involving Hynix. In April 2006, Hynix was found to have infringed various Rambus patents. In that phase of trial, Rambus was awarded $133.6M in damages.

"This ruling should put to rest a series of ongoing allegations Rambus has endured for many years," said Tom Lavelle, senior VP and general counsel at Rambus. "Our business is to license our revolutionary technology to the industry for fair compensation. We are pleased to have this decision behind us as we continue to engage with the industry to deliver compelling products to the market."

The case with Hynix was originally filed by Hynix against Rambus in August 2000. The case was separated into three phases with Rambus now prevailing in all three phases. Cases are still pending against Hynix, Nanya, Micron and Samsung in the Northern District of California, and with Micron in the District of Delaware.

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