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Wednesday, November 15, 2000

RAMBUS Reprimanded

ITC Administrative Law Judge Sidney Harris busted out the legal whuppin' stick on RAMBUS, accusing them of "judge shopping" while attempting to defend its SDRAM patents against Hyundai. Here's a snip:
In documents filed in the case, Rambus denied it was guilty of judge shopping. The firm said it withdrew the complaint based on confidential strategic factors. Judge Harris rejected the Rambus response as vague allegations of litigation strategy, which is not described in detail and not even mentioned in the original motion to withdraw the case. It constitutes a failure to rebut the strong inference of judge shopping, he ruled. The claim of "privileged" litigation strategy is highly improbable, the judge added, saying that "Rambus has engaged in impermissible judge shopping."

Harris ruled that if Rambus in the future ever filed a new synchronous patent infringement case against Hyundai, or even any other firm, such a petition must be assigned to his court if he is able to hear it.
All I can say is, "What goes around, comes around." Thanks Slashdot.

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