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 Mar 02, 2005 - 09:36 AM - by Michael
* Rambus slapped around by courts

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In the hardware world, Rambus has been put in their place today.

U.S. District Judge Robert Payne dismissed Rambus's claim against Infineon after finding out that Rambus had destroyed documents rather than let Infineon's lawyers subpoena them.

Payne's decision is the latest in a battle that began in 2000, when Rambus sued Infineon over royalty payments. Infineon refused to pay, alleging that Rambus participated in an industry standard setting group from 1991 to 1995 but failed to disclose that it already had patents on some technical specifications.

A Virginia jury decided in 2001 that Rambus should pay Infineon about $10 million in damages and litigation costs. A federal appeals court reversed the trial court ruling in early 2003, and Infineon demanded a retrial.

Rambus, meanwhile, is continuing to assert larger patent claims against Hynix Semiconductor, Infineon, Inotera Memories and Nanya Technology Corp. It also has a case pending against Micron Technologies.
Hopefully, this is the beginning of the end for Rambus.
 

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