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Court: Rambus intentionally destroyed evidence

Posted: 13 Jan 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent Rambus Micron? Rambus Micron evidence? court Delaware?

The U.S. District Court of Delaware has found that the patents Rambus Inc. has asserted against Micron Technology Inc. are unenforceable, according to Micron. The Delaware Court found that "the spoliation conduct was extensive, including within its scope the destruction of innumerable documents relating to all aspects of Rambus' business."

"We are pleased with the Delaware Court's ruling that the 12 patents Rambus asserted against Micron in the Delaware case are unenforceable," said Rod Lewis, Micron's VP of legal affairs and general counsel. "We believe that the decision is applicable to other pending cases, and we are reviewing the ruling to determine its potential impact."

In the opinion issued by the Delaware Court, the Hon. Sue Robinson declared that "in light of Rambus' litigation conduct, the very integrity of the litigation process has been impugned[and] that the appropriate sanction for the conduct of record is to declare the patents in suit unenforceable against Micron."

Four of the 12 patents asserted against Micron in the Delaware Court and held to be unenforceable have been asserted against Micron in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Micron believes that the Delaware Court's ruling applies to the remaining patents in the California case and expects to file a motion with the California Court seeking a ruling of unenforceability based on the Delaware Court's decision.

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