Rambus To Face Damages In Patent Case: FTC

Law360, New York (August 2, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Technology developer Rambus Inc. intentionally deceived a standard-setting body and unlawfully monopolized the market for widely used computer memory, according to a unanimous decision announced Wednesday by the Federal Trade Commission.

The highly anticipated ruling is a stunning about-face. The long-running investigation, which began in June 2002, resulted in a dismissal of charges against Rambus two years ago. FTC staff appealed that decision, leading to the new ruling, which was signed Monday.

According to the FTC—and many of Rambus’ would-be licensees—the company's influence on a critical...
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