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Rambus gains breathing space in FTC ding-dong
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Written by Samuknow   
Tuesday, 20 March 2007 08:26

Rambus is keeping its license to print money from fast memory patents for just a little longer. The US memory chip designer today told the world that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has stayed some of its remedy order against the company - so long as Rambus files its appeal in a "timely" manner.

The FTC charges Rambus with hoodwinking the JEDEC industry standards group into approving memory technologies on which it secretly held patents. Through subterfuge, the company illegally gained a monopoly in four key memory technologies, the FTC found. By way of punishment last month, it slashed the maximum rates that Rambus could levy on patented memory sales, reducing the royalty to zero in over three years. More  at The Register.

 

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