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FTC drops Rambus 'patent ambush' claims

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| US regulators have finally thrown in the towel after seven years of battling 
| memory chip designer Rambus in court. 
| The Federal Trade Commission today said it's officially dropped claims Rambus 
| violated antitrust laws by hoodwinking the JEDEC (Joint Electron Device 
| Engineering Council) industry standards group into approving memory 
| technologies on which it was quietly obtaining patents.   


Smith: Encouraging invention and innovation

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| It costs high-tech companies an average of $5 million to defeat a frivolous 
| suit. So often defendants pay large sums just to make the case go away. This 
| money is diverted from worthwhile research and development that could go to 
| innovation leading to more jobs and economic growth.   
| The American economy is in critical need of invention and innovation. But if 
| we want intellectual property industries to help invent a way out of the 
| recession, we must put an end to the legal gamesmanship that rewards lawsuit 
| abuse over creativity.    
| All industries directly or indirectly affected by patents — including 
| finance, automotive manufacturing, high-tech, bio-tech and pharmaceuticals — 
| will benefit from patent reform. It will encourage innovation — from the lone 
| inventor in his or her garage to the high-tech company that files a thousand 
| patents each year, and all businesses in between.     



Rambus hopes for the go-ahead to collect on licensing fee claims

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| Judge Ronald M. Whyte of the US District Court, Northern District of
| California in San Jose, who has already presided over other cases involving
| Rambus and Hynix, has now reached a number of decisions, which were preceded
| by a legally and technically interesting 42-page set of findings. According
| to the court findings, DDR2, DDR3, GDDR2, and GDDR4 SDRAM chips made by
| Hynix, Micron, Nanya and Samsung infringe claim 16 of Rambus patent
| 6,266,285, granted on July 24, 2001; where GDDR3 memory is concerned, only
| Hynix, Micron and Samsung are affected. Rambus had also filed complaints over
| patent infringements related to nine further US patents, but Judge Whyte
| denied them for the most part.


Rambus wants to stop Nvidia products from being imported into the US

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| It seems that the negotiations between Rambus and Nvidia over the licence
| fees for Rambus patents haven't been going too well. Rambus has now filed a
| complaint against Nvidia at the US International Trade Commission (USITC),
| asking the USITC to order an import ban for products with Nvidia parts
| containing memory controllers for SDRAM memory components like DDR, DDR2,
| DDR3, LPDDR, GDDR, GDDR2 and GDDR3. This probably includes most of Nvidia's
| graphics chips, mainboard chipsets and notebook chipsets, including those
| incorporated in the latest Apple notebooks as well as products by Asus, BFG,
| Biostar, Diablotek, EVGA, Gigabyte, HP, MSI, Palit, Pine and Sparkle, who
| were all explicitly listed by Rambus.



EU accuses Rambus of 'patent ambush'


Rambus Sues Nvidia

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| Rambus on Thursday said it had filed a lawsuit against Nvidia, alleging the
| graphics chip vendor had infringed on memory architecture patents owned by
| Rambus.


Supremes reject Rambus 'patent ambush' case

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| The Supreme Court rejected the US Federal Trade Commission's request to
| resurrect antitrust accusations the District of Columbia Circuit tossed out
| in April. Its latest rebuff effectively kills the regulator's seven-year saga
| against Rambus for allegedly monopolizing four key technologies found in DRAM
| chips.
| The FTC accuses Rambus of deceiving the memory standard-setting group JEDEC
| (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) by not disclosing its intentions
| to patent technologies that would become part of the DDR SDRAM specification.


Supreme Court lets Rambus off

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