We’ve heard about how Rambus has been going around to other companies with patent claims, which has lead other memory companies believe that Rambus is engaging in anticompetitive practices. The Federal Trade Commission doesn’t seem to think so, as today it dropped its claim that Rambus violated antitrust laws in patenting technologies that were eventually incorporated into industry standards.
“We are pleased to have finally put this matter behind us,” said Thomas Lavelle, senior vice president and general counsel at Rambus. “Rambus has prevailed on similar JEDEC-related claims at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in front of a jury, and before a federal district court. The FTC’s decision to drop its remaining JEDEC-related claim against us was the right one.”
The FTC originally brought charges against Rambus in 2002 relating to the memory company’s 1992-1995 participation in an industry standard setting committee, the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC).
Just this past March, Hynix agreed to pay Rambus royalties and damages for memory technologies.
Wow, RAMBUS is so irrelevent. In 1995 my PC consisted of Intel Pentium 1 75 mhz, 1 gb HDD, win 95, and I think I had 8 mb of ram.
They're the last thing the memory industry needs right now. I wish this case would have or could get in front of the EU, that would be interesting.
You always hope that it will somehow get turned to ashes and launched into the sun...but no...it keeps rising and jacking with things.
They are clearly pretty proud of themselves...maybe if they are so smart...they could...
1) come up with memory technology that doesn't fail
2) come up with anything new in the last 15 years that is marketable