FTC Finds Rambus Unlawfully Obtained Monopoly Power

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  1. Zaphod

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    http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2006/08/rambus.htm

     
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    Auch, this will be VERY expensive. But hey, "You shall reap what you sow" hitting hard here.
     
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    Their stock is down more than 70% in the last 11 weeks. ~20% yesterday.

    BTW: Anyone know how corporate antitrust liabilities work in the US? I presume finding "reasonable royalty rates" would (by any standard) be lower than what those who already caved in are currently paying and include reimbursing the difference?
     
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    I wonder on a different level if individuals will be implicated... (coming from someone that does not understand this kind of law).
     
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    Glad they finally got what was coming to them.

    Jerks.
     
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    Schadenfreude is the best kind of joy. hehe :twisted:
     
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    There's not much to understand, they patented stuff that was openly discussed back then in the pre-development stages of SDR/DDR etc. They basically stole the common stuff and patented it silently, then came back a few years later when everyone and his mother were already producing/selling the memory to claim revenues for "their" IP.
     
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    To answer my own question: According to TheStreet.com, it seems the FCC have a rather wide array of options available to them. Within the scope of the action this could end up anywhere from actually helping them (though, I doubt it...) to bleeding them dry.
     
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    Actually, their patents have been upheld previously, and whether the industry acknowledge their validity is another matter altogether. This ruling establishes that Rambus 'baited' JEDEC into adopting IP they already owned by not disclosing relevant patent portfolio and existing applications. Subsequently they amended existing patents and applications to make sure that the wording and implementation of the standard were covered by their IP. It is not alleged that they directly stole DRAM from the other JEDEC members.
     
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    This sounds more like justice than misfortune, at least from everyone but Rambus' POV. But, for Rambus, I won't get in the way of a good Schadenfreuding. ;)
     
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    Yeah well, it's pretty much the same thing, just sugar-coated...
     
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