RE: [SI-LIST] : Rambus patent posturing - what gives?

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From: Tom Dagostino (tom_dagostino@mentorg.com)
Date: Mon Mar 27 2000 - 03:17:38 PST


Having been involved in a couple of patent infringement lawsuits this kind
of tactic is typical. The plaintif files to invalidate the patent, says it
is not novel, there is fraud against the patent office (the filer lied about
its representations to the patent office), the filer knows there is prior
art that is not being disclosed, the filer broke one or more laws, etc. All
designed to make the patent holder spend more money on legal fees having to
defend themselves on more and more ground. All this makes for more
headlines. You should see some of the chest beating that goes on between
the lawyers.

Tom

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Andrew:

        Since this is not the Legal Integrity List, my only a guess would be that
Hitachi's case is weak. Invoking additional help from the Federal Government
(Yikes!, Is there such a thing? ) in the form of filing Sherman Anti-Trust
complaints seems to me to be a bit of a stretch. I thought this act was
primarily aimed at monopolistic practices by large corporations doing
business across state lines. Since the Rambus market share is small (Now),
it would appear to me not to be applicable. Besides, I thought an issued
U.S. Patent was the Federal Governments' license for "an exclusive legal
monopoly"?

        In any case, the attorneys on both sides should eat well in this one.

Best Regards,

William M. Anthony
X2Y Attenuators, LLC.
http://www.x2y.com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-si-list@silab.eng.sun.com
> [mailto:owner-si-list@silab.eng.sun.com]On Behalf Of Andrew Phillips
> Sent: Monday, March 27, 2000 3:01 AM
> Subject: [SI-LIST] : Rambus patent posturing - what gives?
>
> Hitachi's reply to Rambus: you violated antitrust act, Jedec rules
> By Jack Robertson, Semiconductor Business News (03/24/00, 07:58:45
PM EDT)
>
> WASHINGTON -- Hitachi Ltd. today charged in a U.S. district court
> that Rambus Inc. has violated the Sherman Antitrust
> Act with its exclusionary patent policy and campaign to intimidate
> semiconductor producers and their OEM customers.
>

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