US court beats up FTC over Rambus 'patent ambush' ruling
Back to the Monopoly board for new game
Rambus, the fast memory designer, has won its appeal to overturn a 2004 Federal Trade Commission anti-trust ruling.
The DC Court of Appeals today decided that the FTC had not established that Rambus had harmed the competition and "therefore that the Commission failed to demonstrate that Rambus' conduct was exclusionary and thus to establish its claim that Rambus unlawfully monopolized the relevant markets".
Now for the obligatory quote from Tom Lavelle, Rambus's top lawyer.
We are very pleased with this decision by the DC Court of Appeals. As we have contended all along, Rambus did nothing wrong during its participation in the JEDEC standard-setting organization, and now the Court of Appeals has confirmed our point of view.
Rambus has had to endure years of uncertainty, lost business and enormous legal fees defending this case, and we are thrilled to have this portion behind us. This decision, especially combined with the jury verdict in March reaching the same conclusion, should put the issue to rest and allow us to focus on running our business.
It will take a while for the dust to settle and for Rambus to pick up all the royalties it thinks it is owed.
The FTC can return to the fray, but only in a way that conforms to today's Court decision. And Micron, America's last DRAM chip maker, is to appeal last month's Rambus anti-trust court victory, which confirmed that it had properly obtained patents for fast DRAM technology, which were later incorporated into JEDEC industry standards. Memory chip makers had accused Rambus of hoodwinking JEDEC so that it could levy patent royalties.
Also, the European Commission is also investigating Rambus for patent ambush. The EC has been quiet on the matter since it announced its formal statement of objection in August last year. Which may or may not be a good thing for Rambus. ®
So let me get this straight... RAMBUS joins a *STANDARDS* committee in an attempt to create a universal *STANDARD* for computer memory. RAMBUS provides technological information to the standards committee. RAMBUS does not disclose that they hold one or more patents on this technology. Draft becomes standard. World memory makers adopt standard. Memory becomes popular. RAMBUS sues for patent infringement.
Yeah, um, how's that not exclusionary or monopolistic? To purposely hide that you hold patents in technology, technology you are proposing to make into a standard, is nothing less than fraud.
So what now?
They go back and sue every memory manufacturer, claiming that they own all the patents to every type of memory made by everyone and now they all have to pay Royalties?? This nonsense started when Intel dropped RAMBUS memory as the memory of choice for the Pentium 4 when it was clearly proven to be out performed by SDRAM. So, out of spite because no one wanted to buy their junk memory, they suied memory manufacturers for patent infringement? Maybe the bloke who invented the " ink pen" should sue every company who makes them on the grounds that it is patent infringement. Where does the nonsense end??
Typical. And they accuse judges of other countries to be corrupt.
Paris, cause she's corrupt too.