The Federal Trade Commission chief administrative law judge this week denied a motion by Rambus Inc. for a summary judgment in its favor in the FTC antitrust case against the Los Altos, Calif., chip designer.
The FTC trial will begin April 30 in Washington to determine whether Rambus acted in restraint of trade by failing to disclose pending synchronous DRAM patents to the industry JEDEC committee, which was in the process of drafting an SDRAM open standard.
Rambus had argued that the JEDEC patent disclosure polices were ambiguous and that the firm had left JEDEC before the industry SDRAM and DDR SDRAM standards were adopoted. Judge Stephen McGuire ruled that the issues were material to the case and should be decided in the trial phase.
The FTC antitrust complaint concerning Rambus silence on its patents at JEDEC is separate from the patent infringement cases pending in federal courts involving Infineon Technologies A.G. In that action, the federal circuit of the Court of Appeals overturned a lower court verdict that Rambus committed fraud by not disclosing its pending patents to JEDEC.