Rambus asks feds to stop Hyundai

Pre-emptive multitasking of quill pens

Just when you thought it was all over bar the legal cases in the Rambus wars, the intellectual property (IP) company has asked a US federal body to investigate Hyundai for alleged unlawful imports.

(Actually, you knew it wasn't all over, you were just waiting for the next paradigm shift, really.)

Rambus is invoking Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act and wants the ITC to "remedy" alleged unlawful importation of Hyundai chips related to patents it claims belongs to it.

These relate to US patents 5,953,263 as well as 6,034,918 and 6,038,195. Rambus has asked the ITC to investigate any memories imported into the country by the Korean chaebol, and wants the outfit to stop imports and sales of products which could contravene the patent.

In Germany and France, Rambus also took action against Hyundai for alleged patent infringements. Negotiations have broken down, and Rambus wants the court to issue a ticket for Hyundai not to ride over patents covered by EP 0525 068.

It's all getting so, so familiar. Back in March, as reported here, Rambus filed a similar case against Hitachi. Hitachi finally settled, although we have no way of knowing what the ITC had to do with it. ®