Thursday, August 23, 2007

Rambus Inc. will go to Europe . . .

. . . and it won't be on holiday.

The European Commission can confirm that it has sent a Statement of Objections (SO) to Rambus on 30 July 2007. The SO outlines the Commission’s preliminary view that Rambus has infringed EC Treaty rules on abuse of a dominant position (Article 82) by claiming unreasonable royalties for the use of certain patents for “Dynamic Random Access Memory” chips (DRAMS) subsequent to a so-called "patent ambush".

The good news?

The acknowledgment that Rambus Inc. IP is nearly ubiquitous - "in a wide range of other (than computers) products which need to temporarily store data, including servers, workstations, printers, PDAs and cameras."

That the European world realizes that "every manufacturer wishing to produce synchronous DRAM chips or chipsets consequently must either acquire a licence from Rambus or litigate its asserted patent rights."

Rambus Inc. is reportedly exposed to potential fines and a requirement to offer a reasonable nondiscriminatory license.

European Commission press release.

Rambus Inc. press release.

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