Coming down the home stretch in the Rambus standardization skullduggery saga: To levy or not to levy royalties
Issue No. 02 - March/April (2007 vol. 27)
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The tale of Rambus' standardization skullduggery in developing JEDEC's SDRAM standard has unfolded in many Micro Law columns since the first report in the May/June 2001 issue. In February 2007, the FTC issued its final order on remedy for Rambus' unlawful conduct, holding, 3 to 2, that it would be proper to allow Rambus to continue to charge royalties for its abused patents (those used in the JEDEC standard), but the royalty should be limited to a maximum rate of 0.5 percent for double-data-rate (DDR) SDRAMs and a 0.25 percent maximum rate for SDRAMs--for three years, and after that zero. Stern's analysis, drawing on the "benefit of the bargain rule " is that Rambus should not be allowed to collect any royalties at all on the abused patents.
law, standardization, Rambus, antitrust violation, patents, skullduggery, Secret Squirrel, SDRAM, DDR SDRAM, JEDEC
R. Stern, "Coming down the home stretch in the Rambus standardization skullduggery saga: To levy or not to levy royalties," in IEEE Micro, vol. 27, no. , pp. 80-82, 2007.