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Appeared on: Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Rambus Wins Patent Case Over Hynix

Chip company Rambus announced on Monday that a jury has found in its favour after a month-long patent infringement trial against Hynix Semiconductor.

According to a vnunet report, the jury agreed with Rambus' claim that 10 of its patents had been violated, and awarded the firm infringement damages of $306.5 million.

This figure represents compensation only for that portion of Hynix's SDRAM, DDR SDRAM and DDR2 memory products sold in the U.S and does not include any pre-judgment interest yet, which is a typical element that requires further consideration by the trial judge.

Rambus has also asked for permanent injunctive relief against Hynix to stop the manufacture, use, sale or import of infringing Hynix memory products.

The issue of an injunction will be addressed in future proceedings, currently expected to be convened this summer.

"We are very pleased with today's result, and very thankful for the considered attention of the jury and the court in this lengthy trial," said John Danforth, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Rambus.

Rambus also has a pending patent case against Micron, Samsung and Nanya addressing, among other things, more advanced patented technologies as used in more advanced memory products such as DDR2, GDDR2 and GDDR3.


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