FTC Dismisses Rambus Antitrust Case

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.

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