The world’s largest maker of memory, Samsung Electronics, has filed a lawsuit against technology firm Rambus Inc., accusing the latter in improper receiving of technology-related information being a member of memory standard regulatory body. The suit has been filed shortly after Rambus terminated its licensing agreement with Samsung and sued it for patent infringement.
According to a report from ZDNet, Samsung agreed to pay Rambus royalties for SDR and DDR memory types back in 2000, but refused to pay for DDR2 license to Los Altos, California-based technology firm, which led to cessation of licensing agreement by Rambus early last week. Samsung now accuses Rambus of illegal receiving information as a JEDEC member and securing additional patents with the data it got in order to seek royalty payments from memory makers.
Rambus claims it owns patents on key-technologies used in modern dynamic random access memory that is deployed in every single computer sold. The company is trying to force all makers of DRAM to pay royalties to Rambus for every single SDRAM, DDR SDRAM and DDR2 SDRAM chip sold. However, numerous memory makers and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) act against Rambus.
FTC states that Rambus joined memory-standardization committee JEDEC and then patented technologies discussed during the meetings violating the rules of the organization. FTC called the practice “fraud” and “illegal monopolization”. Memory makers say Rambus has purposely destroyed documents allegedly reflecting the firm’s business plan of the time the firm was in the JEDEC that involved suing memory makers for using Rambus’ patented technologies.
Samsung filed the suit against Rambus in