Rambus Addresses Some Questions, Raises Others

Law360, New York (May 6, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- One of the most important and closely watched cases concerning antitrust and standard-setting has been the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) action against the computer memory products company Rambus.

In July 2006, the FTC found Rambus guilty of monopolization, because it had failed to disclose relevant patents to a standard-setting body, and, after adoption of the standard, sued manufacturers for infringement of the undisclosed patents.[1]

The FTC relied on two alternative theories of anti-competitive harm flowing from Rambus’ alleged deception: (a) disclosure would either have given the...
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