August 23, 2007

Rambus Getting Slapped Around [7:58 pm]

With a nice neologism: EU accuses Rambus of ‘patent ambush’pdf

European Union regulators have charged Rambus Inc. with antitrust abuse, alleging the memory chip designer demanded “unreasonable” royalties for its patents that were fraudulently set as industry standards.

The EU’s preliminary charges, announced Thursday, come weeks after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ruled the company deceived a standards-setting committee by failing to disclose that its patented technology would be needed to comply with the standard.

[...] This is the first time the European Commission has charged a company with a new type of antitrust abuse — called patent ambush — where a company deceives a standards body by keeping secret the fact that it holds patents on technology that all players will later be forced to license.

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