UPDATE 2-Hynix, others seen appealing in Rambus patent trial

giovedì 27 marzo 2008 07:33

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By Marie-France Han and Rhee So-eui

SEOUL, March 27 (Reuters) - Memory chip makers including Hynix Semiconductor Inc (000660.KS: Quotazione) are considering filing appeals in a long-running court battle over Rambus Inc's (RMBS.O: Quotazione) patents after a U.S. jury verdict favoured the U.S. technology developer.

At stake is at least hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties Rambus could collect from its memory chip technologies.

In a trial between Rambus and chip manufacturers including Hynix, Micron Technology Inc MU.N and Nanya Technology Corp (2408.TW: Quotazione), a jury found that Rambus did not violate antitrust laws or commit fraud in its attempt to protect patents.

A final decision from the court is pending.

Rambus said on Wednesday that the jury verdict should complete the case involving Hynix.

Hynix, the world's No. 2 memory chip maker, said it was "deeply disappointed" and would appeal if the court ultimately ruled against it.

"Hynix will respond with all available legal means including an appeal to a higher court, if the (final ruling) comes unfavourably," it said in a statement.   Continua...