Tuesday, October 07, 2003


Rambus to continue royalty quest after ruling | CNET News.com  

Rambus to continue royalty quest after ruling | CNET News.com: "Rambus to continue royalty quest after ruling
Last modified: October 6, 2003, 2:52 PM PDT
By Dawn Kawamoto
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Infineon Technologies' appeal against memory chip maker Rambus, clearing the way for Rambus to prove that memory makers are violating its patents.
With the ruling, Rambus will now go back to trial court to try to demonstrate that its intellectual property is being infringed in memory chips made by Infineon. The industry is watching the case closely because it will have a large impact on similar suits Rambus has filed against other memory makers, such as Hynix and Micron Technology, and could lead to billions of dollars in royalty payments.
The Supreme Court's decision to opt out of hearing the case also effectively kills Infineon's fraud claims against Rambus.
'It's not over until the fat lady sings, and today, the fat lady sang,' Rambus general counsel John Danforth said. "

I almost ignored this story. Then I read it closely and decided that it was going to make me lose sleep and have nightmares. Of course the real nightmare would start if Rambus should win. In that case, memory prices around the globe would set new highs. It appears to be a massive money suit by Rambus and the other memory makers would have to pass that on to their customers. It mentions in a later part of the story that Rambus joined a standards coalition and influenced RAM designs that it knew it had patents on. That's real close to what they call entrapment, on the street. If that's true, then I hope the court kicks their behinds all the way back to California. AND fines them some big bucks.

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