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Legal Issues

by Carlo Longino

FTC Says Rambus Monopolized Memory Tech Market

from the setbacks dept

The FTC has announced that it unanimously ruled Rambus did indeed break antitrust rules by misleading an SDRAM standards organization -- capping a fight that's stretched back several years, and centered on allegations that the company fought for certain technologies to be included in the standard, only revealing it had patented them after the fact when it started demanding high licensing fees for their use. The FTC hasn't yet decided on a punishment, and Rambus says it will appeal if it feels a remedy is too harsh (which would seem to indicate an appeal is almost inevitable). It's possible the company will have to pay significant damages, and apparently one FTC lawyer has said the company should ditch its royalty demands. While the ruling should give the company's critics more ammunition, be sure to check back for the comments to this post, where the roving pack of rabid Rambus investors will undoubtedly come and insult us, allege a hidden agenda, and explain how the FTC is part of some grand conspiracy aligned against them and the company.

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    Xcetron, 4 Aug 2006 @ 10:17pm

    Not necessarily related to the topic at hand, but just wanted to point out something.

    This country has gotten to a point where people are just sueing each other because they dont like them or because theyre greedy and want some more extra cash. Almost nothing is based on rights and wrongs anymore. People continue to set up unreasonable laws then later other people find loopholes around them so they come up with even more laws.

    I think it would safe to say that half of the problems we have now occured because of the legal system we built. So doesnt it make sense to just start over instead of making more mistakes?

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