No Name-Calling In Rambus Patent Case: Judge

By Erin Coe (January 25, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Not a fan of the term "patent troll," Rambus Inc. has prevented its rivals from using the expression as the case alleging Rambus improperly amended and aggressively enforced its dynamic random access memory chip patents heads to trial Tuesday.

Judge Ronald M. Whyte on Friday prohibited parties from using "patent troll" and limited references to "submarine patent" — terms that cast a negative light on patent-holding companies that target industries by using patent litigation in order to win settlements — during the course of the trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Plaintiffs Hynix Semiconductor Inc.,...

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