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February 23, 2009

Rambus Relieved

The anti-patent FTC lost its bid to kick Rambus around some more with its antitrust boots. The Supreme Court demurred from taking the case. Without comment.

In 2002, the FTC brought charges against Rambus for patenting what became an industry standard for DRAM memory chips. In early 2004, the FTC's assigned administrative law judge ruled in favor of Rambus. The furious full commission, fully politicized, reversed that. In mid-2006, the FTC charged Rambus with illegal monopoly. In early 2007, the FTC forced compulsory licensing upon Rambus, capping the royalty rates. Fighting back, on appeal, last April the CAFC told the FTC they were shooting blanks, and took the cuffs off Rambus.

So the FTC tried to get the Supreme Court to whip out its ultimate billy club. Even the Bush administration had declined to back the FTC in its religious crusade to the high court.

Posted by Patent Hawk at February 23, 2009 2:09 PM | Patents In Business


Rambus will soon be on the offensive in Judge Kramer's San Francisco court against the same, convicted DRAM cartel that pushed the shameless, graft taking FTC to persecute Rambus on their behalf.

The AT sword is now firmly in Rambus's hand (holding boat loads of smoking gun evidence) and the DRAM cartel can expect a beheading.

sorry for the fundamentalist over tone but the crime perpetrated against Rambus in the last decade by the convicted, DRAM cartel criminals with the full support of two US government agencies [FTC & DOJ] is unprecedented in its scope and depths of sheer injustice

Posted by: Regata De Blank at February 24, 2009 4:34 AM

"is unprecedented in its scope and depths of sheer injustice"

I agree that how they're getting away with it is unprecedented in its scope and depths of sheer injustice. The SC should have taken the case FOR JUSTICE!

Posted by: 6000 at February 24, 2009 3:49 PM