The Perils of Standards-Setting

A painful lesson, and another chapter in this ugly story: Chip Developer Wins Crucial Ruling in Patent Dispute

Rambus, the developer of memory chip technology, said Wednesday that it won an important ruling in a long-running patent lawsuit, sending its shares 39 percent higher.

The jury rejected claims by three large memory-chip makers — Hynix Semiconductor, Micron Technology and Nanya Technology — that Rambus deliberately misled the memory chip industry in the 1990s when new standards were being hammered out.